The heat wave is back and health experts are continuing to urge people to use caution during outdoor activities.
Dr. Kevin Gebke with the Family Medicine Department at IU Health said there is a bit of good news to the lengthy heat wave.
However, Gebke said, there is still the danger of overdoing it when you work out.
"If you're going to work out during the hottest part of the day, realize you're going to have to not just decrease the duration but decrease the intensity and realize you're going to get a similar work out it's just going to be under more intense circumstances," said Gebke.
He said the best time of day to do your outdoor workout is first thing in the morning, which is also the safest time to take your pet dog along for your jog.
Lauren Alexander with Camp Bow Wow in Carmel said it's important to remember hydration and health for pets right now. She said dogs don't sweat, so you need to check for other warning signs of heat illness.
"Symptoms can include excessive panting, staring, anxious facial expressions or warm skin. If your dog is refusing to obey commands more than usual, vomiting and collapse are all signs," said Alexander.
She said you should get your dog clean, fresh water as often as possible so it won't lap up puddle water or try to find water in other unclean areas. A rule of thumb is to give your dog an ounce of water per pound of its body weight each day.
And for active people, Dr. Gebke recommended 5 to 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes of activity.
"If you wait until you're thirsty, you've wait too long because you’re already approximately three percent dehydrated by the tine those symptoms kick in," Gebke said.
Keeping your workout routine in the extreme heat