Too Hot To Handle? Dangers Of Hot Exercise
CHARLOTTE, NC - Hot Yoga, Hot Pilates, Hot Barre, you name it, hot exercise is sizzling across the Queen City. All the sweating is supposed to help you shed extra pounds, but the extreme heat may be more harmful than healthy.
Temperatures hot enough to cook an egg. Plaza Midwood resident Kim Dykstra says she can't get enough of hot exercise, "I've lost 15 pounds, it's definitely become an addiction in my life."
CORE BARRE Founder, Monica Hoekstra says hot exercise can be downright dangerous, "Sure if you lose enough fluid you will loose a few pounds on the scale but the second you hydrate yourself, you will realize you have to work as hard to loose weight as anyone else."
A normal core body temperature is about 98.6 degrees, a typical hot yoga studio is about 105 degrees, pair that with sixty percent humidity and that is what Hoekstra says makes it so difficult to stay hydrated, "It's a trauma on the system on the inside, the heat often gives you that false sense that you can go further and often times you don't know if your actually causing muscle tear."
Carolinas Medical Center Athletic Trainer, Grady Hardeman says muscle tear is just one of several hot exercise injuries they see, "We're going to see a lot more of these dehydration illnesses, a lot more heat exhaustion."
Harmful or helpful, this sizzling trend shows no signs of slowing down. If you plan on taking a "hot" exercise class, Carolinas Medical Center Trainers recommend you hydrate prior to a class and make sure you have access to a cool environment.