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5 Tips to Help Conquer Hot-Weather Workouts

from Globe and Mail

The average summertime high in Qatar, which is slated to host the 2022 World Cup, is above 40 degrees Celsius. That made it a fitting location for a recent gathering of physiologists and sports medicine experts to formulate updated guidelines for training and competing in hot conditions, which were published in this month’s issue of Sports Medicine and two other journals.

While the basic advice remains unchanged – take time to adjust to hot weather, moderate your effort, drink plenty – the details continue to evolve. Here are five topics where new research is changing how athletes handle heat.

New research from Matthew Cramer and Dr. Ollie Jay of the University of Ottawa's Thermal Ergonomics Lab challenges two enduring myths about who gets hottest. The first is that, as an article in The New York Times claimed last week, "body fat is the ultimate heat insulator." more


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