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People warned not to exercise in heatwave

Published on 2023-06-03 09:45:54 source:NBC News

Experts have warned people not to exercise in high temperatures due to "deadly conditions" caused by the heat.

Body heat during exercise combined with the temperatures could see even the fittest people suffering heat exhaustion, they said.

The UK's hottest day on record is predicted for Tuesday with highs of up to 42C.

Heat can also trigger mental health issues, according to Dr Lawrence Wainwright.

Climate scientist at the University of Bristol Cabot Institute for the Environment, Dr Eunice Lo, said: "Everyone is at risk and we do need to be aware and take precautions and definitely not view these as normal summer days or something to go out and have fun in."

Mike Tipton, professor of human and applied physiology at the University of Portsmouth, said: "We produce a lot of heat when we exercise.

"And we're now at a temperature where … actually people will warm up, just doing their day-to-day activities in the house, or outside, and cooking, that sort of thing.

The "unprecedented temperatures" mean people should avoid exercising outside for the next couple of days, they added.

Dr Laurence Wainwright, departmental lecturer at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford, said: "In recent years, there's been an increasingly large body of research showing us that heatwaves worsen outcomes for those with underlying psychiatric illnesses - rates of suicides go up, levels of mortality go up, for those with existing conditions, symptoms can worsen.

"For people with certain conditions, say bipolar disorder, extreme heats can trigger people into certain aspects or certain phases for that condition. For bipolar, for instance, mania."

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