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Exercisers head to air conditioning as state heads to heat wave

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With Friday potentially marking day two of a lengthy heat wave, many people have been clamoring to get to air conditioning.

Exercisers are not different.

Anytime Fitness in West Hartford was full of people when Eyewitness News went on the air early Friday morning.

The owner said that while the summer tends to be the slowest time of the year for business, July usually picks up a bit due to the heat.

Even former military members said they've been opting to exercise indoors.

"When it's hot out, usually I just come inside," said Chika Obi of Windsor. "The gym has A/C, so it's pretty comfortable to workout instead of the blistering heat. Summer in New England is no joke." 

It's not all about the A/C either.

Anytime Fitness Trainer Jen Braun said it's important to acclimate the body to the air conditioning, especially if people have been outside in extreme temperatures.

"Even though it feels nice and cool, your body temperature is still very high," she said.

Then, she said it's important to warm up after that acclimation.

"You've come in from the heat and now you're nice and cool, now your body is a little bit cool," Braun said. "So you want to make sure you warm it back up."

Braun said it's important to do the right exercises and dynamic to warm up muscles to avoid injuries.

No matter where you work out, hydration is key. Trainers said you should be taking in half your body weight in ounces of water. 

Experts told Eyewitness News the same thing. They said make sure to drink plenty of water if being out in the heat is unavoidable.

If you're really outside working outside a lot and you're not drinking a lot of water, you want to make sure you're not pushing yourself too hard and not hydrating enough because that could really have an effect on both your performance and your overall health.

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