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Running Legend Uta Pippig: Foods That Boost Your Summer Workouts

Thursday, 07 June 2012 06:43 AM

What’s the key to a successful summer workout season? Listening to your body as you exercise, staying well hydrated, and taking advantage of the wonderful summer growing season by eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, says Uta Pippig, winner of three consecutive Boston Marathons and president and founder of Take The Magic Step fitness organization (TakeTheMagicStep.com).
Working out under sunny skies can feel like a slice of heaven after a dreary winter, but when the temperature climbs, so does the risk of getting dehydrated or suffering heat exhaustion.

Drinking water or a sports drink before, during, and after working out will keep you safely hydrated, Pippig tells Newsmax Health. Carrying a bottle around to sip from during the day also makes sense because it serves as a regular reminder to drink, she adds.
How do you know if you are dehydrated or overheated? If you feel fatigued, dizzy, or nauseous, and if your pulse rate feels like it’s getting too high, your body is trying to tell you something, she says. In that case, stop your activity and cool off with cold towels or ice cubes against the back and sides of your neck
“If you don’t feel immediately better, seek a physician … right away,” says Pippig.

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Eating foods with high water content, such as fruits and vegetables, also helps you stay hydrated during the hot summer months.
“In summer, everything is fresh,” Pippig says. “We have the summer berry season. You can even pick your own berries at a farm close by. It is fresh and tasty.”
She suggests using the fruits and vegetables in salads with citrus dressings, or making right-for-summer soups such as watercress or gazpacho. And don’t forget unsweetened iced tea flavored with fruit, or fruit juice mixed one-to-one with water to cut the sugar and calories.

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