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Extra precautions needed while exercising in heat

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Temperatures in the 90s combined with high humidity made Wednesday uncomfortably hot.

The temperatures and humidity will continue throughout the summer, but some people are bound and determined not to let that stop them from working out.

People gathered in South Park in Lawrence on Wednesday to take part in Red Dog Days where hundreds of people turn out for the free workout.

The Red Dog Day workouts have gone on in Lawrence for more than 30 years. They start off with jumping jacks and some other calisthenics. Then participants take off for a run.

People taking part say that, despite the heat, they wouldn't miss the free outdoor workout.

"It's just about getting in shape and staying in shape because, when you quit doing it just because it's hot, then it's harder to get back into it, so this kind of keeps me in shape," said one participant.

When people are exercising in these conditions they have to be careful. Here are some helpful hints.

  1. Know your fitness level. Make sure to take frequent breaks.
  2. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Wear light, loose fitting clothing. Dark colors absorb the heat.

The leader of the workouts, Don "Red Dog" Gardner - a retired city police officer - says the most important thing to remember when you're out at his event is to have a good time.

"Start slow, don't do everything - no matter how great an athlete you were - take your time, think about it and get better and definitely go home and take a hot shower," he said.

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