Atlanta is known for its Southern charm and sultry summers. Georgia’s sub-tropic climate, though, can bring with it heat waves that push temperatures up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more during an average summer.
Each year as many as 8,000 or more people die from the heat in the U.S. and most deaths happen from May to September, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you live in a heat-prone state like Georgia, you should consider taking your workout indoors during the hottest months.
The human body stays warmer than the environment — it’s a critical part of survival. The body has mechanisms that cool it down when it gets too hot and warms it up when it gets too cold and it uses the temperature around you as a gauge.
Atlanta doesn’t just have heat, it also has humidity which can make things feel even hotter. Humidity increases the air’s thermal capacity and that makes 90 degrees is 100. When that happens several days in a row, the ground absorbs the heat making exercise that much more dangerous.
Working out in that hot, humid weather can lead to dehydration. When the sweating stops, your body loses its temperature control causing it to rise to dangerous levels.
As your core temperature goes up the internal organs and central nervous system sustain damage that can be deadly. Even when you are drinking water, you are at risk for heat injuries like stroke or exhaustion.
With your body that hot added to the exertion of working out, it can be easy to miss the signs that you are in trouble such as:
You can eventually go into respiratory distress and lose consciousness. If you are out jogging on a remote trail, it could be a long time before help comes your way, too. Your best option during summer in Atlanta is to move your workout indoors to stay comfortable and safe.