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Experts warn about hydration while exercising, working in the heat

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Experts warn about hydration while exercising, working in the heat (WFSB) Experts warn about hydration while exercising, working in the heat (WFSB)
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With temperatures hitting the 90-degree mark, on Tuesday many opted to relax by jumping into a cool pool.

However, there are others who decided to exercise out in the heat, during the second heat wave of the season.

Several people were seen on bike trails on Tuesday, running or walking, when it was scorching hot outside.

In Avon, a youth soccer clinic was held for children, and players were learning the fundamentals while taking plenty of water breaks.

“The activity is a good distraction from the heat. And when they are told to leave here, they are told to hydrate with plenty of fluids...and drink again before you get here,” said Dave Farrell of Oakwood Soccer Club.

Experts said when people are done outside, the key is to stay hydrated and listen to what the body is telling you.

“When you start to feel headachy or weak, turn around or sit down in a cool place. I just don't think people should be pushing themselves when the humidity is up and the heat is up,” said Bristol Hospital Occupational Health Nurse Laura Leonetti.

However, there are some people who have no choice and have to work outside in the heat.

Crews in Newington were paving a parking lot, which they said is the best time to pave.

“Material does come out better on a hot day, the jobs come out better so it's a plus and a minus. Team gets tired quicker, I get tired quicker," said John Vullo.

In Southington, there were mason workers who were laying bricks and finished their day at 2:30 p.m.

“I think you need to take frequent breaks and be aware of your environment and your co-workers. I think the supervisors who are out there setting up for work and make sure they have cool drinks on hand and they are watching their people,” Leonetti said.

She added that she has seen a lot of heat exhaustion cases this summer and many involve workers who have to spend their days under the sun.

Warning signs include feeling light-headed, weak, nauseous or having cramps.

She said anyone who experiences those symptoms should see a doctor.

One thing is to make sure to drink a lot of water.

“Hydrate yourself. Use good judgment and let your coworker know if you don't feel well,” Leonetti said.

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