Drinking water not best way to cool body, study finds

The findings could help athletes - and even people in occupational settings, like soldiers, firefighters and policemen - fight the heat.
The findings could help athletes - and even people in occupational settings, like soldiers, firefighters and policemen - fight the heat.ST FILE PHOTO

Having aerobic fitness, acclimatising to heat and cooling before exercise seen to be more effective in fighting heat

Drinking water is not the best way to lower body temperature, scientists in Singapore have found.

Cooling before exercise, being heat acclimatised and having good aerobic fitness are all better ways to maximise performance in a hot environment, a recent study found.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'Drinking water not best way to cool body, study finds'. Print Edition | Subscribe