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Heat and humidity: One reason you may not work out

The thought of walking to your car in midday heat may be enough to make you sweat in South Carolina. | Source: WMBF News The thought of walking to your car in midday heat may be enough to make you sweat in South Carolina. | Source: WMBF News

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The thought of walking to your car in midday heat may be enough to make you sweat.

The heat index in July has reached more than 100 degrees at times.

If you say "forget about it" to working out, you're not alone.

Hot and humid weather increases obesity rates, according to a study from the University of Texas.

Researchers found the hotter and more humid the summers, the less likely people are to exercise, which contributes to obesity rates.

It may be no coincidence that n South Carolina, we've got the sixth highest obesity rate in the country.

You have options though.

Get out and exercise in the morning, go for a swim, or do something indoors to beat the heat.

Fitness experts suggest exercise modifications and to take precautions, if you decide to push yourself to work out in the heat during the summer here.

If it's 90 percent humidity, 90 degrees in temperature, your body cannot cool itself on its own. So you have to be extremely careful.

Which explains why some people may decide not to exercise at all when it's hot.

One health coach encourages people to exercise in the summer but says it's important to understand limitations from heat.

Covering your head from the sun, wearing light-colored clothing that lets your skin breathe will also help.But keep safety your top concern.

Knowing to push yourself less in heat than in normal conditions.

The study actually showed many of the counties who are least active and most obese are in the Southeast, where weather is hot and humid.

Counties most active and least obese are in the mountains out West, where summers are cool and dry.

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