Exercise Safety in the HeatheadingContent

Posted on August 15, 2013

Man and woman playing tennis

The summer heat shouldn’t slow you down, but it should make you extra health-conscious as you exercise.

Extreme temperatures can lead to serious cases of heat-related illnesses. Stay safe as you stay fit! When daily highs soar, you know that you need to take some extra precautions. These guidelines will help keep you cool and healthy while you exercise.

  • Exercise in the mornings or evenings. You aren’t doing yourself any favors by exercising in the peak hours of the day. Your best bet is to set your alarm early, or wait until the sun starts to set before you head outdoors.
  • Wear the right clothing. You’ll want to wear loose, light fabrics that allow for a breeze to access your skin. Don’t cover up more than you need to and remember to use sunscreen on any exposed skin.
  • Weigh in. If you’re sweating out too much fluid, your weight will tell you. Check it before and after each exercise session to make sure that there isn’t a difference between the two numbers.
  • Hydrate. Drink plenty of water before your workout session begins, and then make sure you frequently stop for water breaks while you exercise. If your urine is dark yellow, you’ll know that you aren’t getting enough fluids in your system.
  • Listen to your body. If you are feeling dizzy, getting a headache, or experiencing nausea or confusion, stop exercising immediately. Seek a cool environment, drink up, and allow your body to return to a healthy temperature.

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