Exercise Safely During Hot Summer Months

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The summer offers more daylight to exercise outdoors. The hot temperatures, however, can make exercise unsafe. To avoid illness or injury due to the heat, take precautions. Here are a few tips to keep you safe during summer workouts.

Make plans to exercise during the coolest part of the day. This may vary day by day, sometimes it may be in the morning and other times it may be in the evening.

The type of clothing that you wear makes a difference. Wear clothing that is breathable and lightweight. Wicking clothing, clothing made of a synthetic material that doesn’t absorb wetness, will keep moisture from your skin and help you feel cooler. Also, wearing a hat is great to keep the sun off your face and head.

Cool down by misting water on your neck and face. Always wear sunscreen to protect your skin.

Try exercises that cool you down, for example, swimming or biking. In hot weather, exercise with less intensity. Exercising at intervals will help minimize heat exhaustion.

Remember to drink plenty of water. This will help prevent dizziness, headaches, and stomach cramps.

If it is too hot outside, find a cool place indoors to workout.