If you are starting a workout routine during the heat, drink fluids, take it slow, and listen to your body.

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SACRAMENTO - If you have a regular workout routine, it is perfectly fine to exercise in the heat. But there is one important factor to remember, hydrate!

If you plan to start a workout routine during the heat, there are some precautions you need to take.

Family practitioner Dr. Christopher Price recommended the following guidelines if you want to get in shape.

- Start off easy. "Work out for 10 minutes and increase the time to a half hour over the next three weeks," Price said. "Do not do a boot camp."

- Work out when it is cooler. "If you can, work out in the morning. There is no need for anyone to work out during the hours of 2 p.m. to 5 p.m."

Price said you should stop working out if you get a headache or you fatigue easily. He said to pay attention to your body and if you stop sweating, stop your workout and replace electrolytes.

The body cools itself down by sweating and prolonged exposure to the sun can cause the body's core temperature to increase. If you stop sweating, your body is unable to cool itself can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and in extreme cases, heat stroke, which can be fatal.

Price recommended you take your temperature when you get home. If it stays higher than 100 degrees after a couple of hours of being inside, to go the doctor.

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