Exercising in the Heat

Exercising in the Heat

heatWhether you’re biking, running, playing pick-up sports or simply taking long walks after dinner, summer is a great time to enjoy many outdoor activities.

The heat of summer brings an increased risk for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. So before you step outside, be sure you SWEAT first.

Sunscreen. To establish a habit, leave a bottle of water-resistant sunscreen near the front door, so when you head outside it’s right there. Be sure to reapply every few hours if you intend to be in the sun for a while.

Water. Being hydrated is a great way to ensure you are ready to exercise in the heat. Dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion as well as impaired performance. Be sure to consume 8 fluid ounces every 15 minutes or so.

Ease into it. Exercising in the heat takes time to get acclimated. Take into consideration the temperature, humidity and time of day when training in the warmer months.

Attire. Be sure to dress appropriately. Light-colored and lightweight clothing are ideal, and if you can wear performance or dry-fit clothing, do so.

Tools. Tools for managing the heat include fuel, sunglasses and hats. Be sure to properly fuel your body before exercising to prevent dizziness and nausea. Sunglasses and hats are great additional protectors from the sun.

Stay safe as you exercise in the sun.

Take Charge. Live Well!


Source:  “5 Ways to Safely Exercise in the Heat.” www.acefitness.org/