Avoid Heat Illness While Exercising Outside

Jul 30, 2018

Summer heat can be more than uncomfortable—it can be a threat to your health, especially if you’re exercising outside. In hot or humid weather, it’s essential to take precautions, like drinking additional water, to help lower your body’s temperature and to replace what you lose through sweating. In addition to drinking plenty of water, here are some steps you can take to prevent heat illness or exhaustion while you work up a healthy sweat:

• Dress for the weather. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing made of natural fabrics and a well-ventilated hat.

• Think cool. Take a cool shower or apply a cold compress to your pulse points to quickly lower your body’s temperature.

• Pick your time wisely. If it’s an extremely hot day, choose to work out either in the morning or evening to avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.

If you’re outside working out and begin to experience symptoms of heat exhaustion such as dizziness, clammy skin, blurred vision or difficulty speaking, immediately get to an air-conditioned space to cool off and drink plenty of water. If you believe you are experiencing heat stroke, seek medical attention.

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