Monday, August 18, 2003

Fit bits: Ways to stay active and healthy



By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Advice

Cool it: It's still summer and it's going to get hotter before we cool down for fall. Whether you're gardening or training for the Jingle Bell Run, here are some tips to help weather the heat, courtesy of August's Fitness magazine:

Drink up: Keep hydrated to stave off nausea, dizziness, cramps and other signs of heat illness. Out for more than 45 minutes? Gulp a sports drink designed to rebalance your electrolytes and replenish your water levels.

Stay covered: Wear a T-shirt and mesh hat or visor on sunny days to bounce off UV rays. Light-colored clothing really does deflect the sun.

Don't forget the sunscreen: Look for one with at least an SPF of 30 and reapply every two hours, more if you sweat a lot or go swimming.

Listen to your body: Really high temperatures can make your body's internal regulators become unstable. Even your heart rate will increase because of the heat. Lightheadedness and fatigue are sure signs to slow down.

Classes

Learn to be fit: Miami University's main campus is starting a bunch of fitness classes open to the public at its recreational sports center. For example, a gentle yoga workshop starts at 10 a.m. Saturdays starting Sept. 6. The hatha yoga workshop starts at 5:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 8. Registration is limited. $60. More classes posted at www.muohio.edu/groupfitness or call 529-8178.

Sign up

Swing batta, swing: The Cincinnati Sports Machine/Worth baseball team, an 11-and-under travel team, is holding tryouts 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Diamond Stars Baseball Academy in Fairfield. Looking for players at all positions. 741-8333.

On the road again

Take your places: The Stoney 5K Walk/Run and parade at 8 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Oak Park in Mason is named for Andy Stone, a 10-year-old who died in 1997. Relatively flat course. Proceeds go to the Local Southern Ohio Make-A-Wish organization. $12, $15 with T-shirt. 336-9242 (www.sprunning.com) .

High stepping: Bagels and bananas galore are waiting for racers after the Forest Park 5K Charge at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Winton Woods High School. Course has several small to medium hills. Free 1/4-mile fun run at 9:15 a.m. with ribbons for all. $8 high school runners, $13 adults. $10 T-shirt. 474-1399 (www.racedmc.com) .

Good cause

Tee two up: The third annual Women's Grapes and Greens Classic has a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Friday at Twin Oaks Golf Course and Plantation Club in Covington. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the day ends with a wine tasting at 6 p.m. at Montgomery Inn's Gregory Center. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. $100 per person, $400 per team. (800) 227-2345.

• Join former Bengal Ickey Woods and other National Football League alumni at the NFL Alumni Charity Golf Classic Sunday and next Monday, at Grand Victoria Casino and Resort in Rising Sun. Sunday's activities include an autograph session, auction, raffle and games. On Monday, pair up with an alumnus for 18 holes of golf. Proceeds go to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and CancerFree Kids. $75, 5:30 p.m. Sunday dinner. $2,500 per team. Reservations required. 887-6040.

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Contact Shauna Scott Rhone by phone: 768-8511; fax: 768-8330; e-mail: srhone@enquirer.com




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