Summer is a great time to get outside and workout.
It is important to follow these tips to make sure you stay safe and prevent heat related illnesses while getting your sweat on.
Summer is short, enjoy it!
- Make sure you are well hydrated the day before working out. This is very important to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
- Try to avoid working out midday when the sun is hottest. Aim to exercise in the morning or night and in a shaded area.
- Start out slow If you are used to working out indoors. Let your body adjust to the heat over one to two weeks while gradually increasing the length and intensity of your workouts.
- Take frequent breaks to drink water and cool down.
- Dress so your body and breath. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that will help your sweat to evaporate and keep you cooler. Avoid dark colors that absorb heat and tight fitting clothing.
- Wear a good SPF to protect your skin that won't wear off when you sweat, iS Clinical has a great one called Eclipse SPF 50.
- If you have any questions are concerns about working out outside, talk to your doctor about precautions that should be taken with your specific medical conditions.
Signs and symptoms of heat related illness can include muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, weakness, fatigue, headache, sweating extensively, dizziness or light-headedness, confusion, irritability, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, and visual problems. If you experience any of these stop exercising and move indoors to cool off and get hydrated. If the symptoms to not go away in 30 minutes call your doctor. Have fun working out in the summer and be safe. Try working out in a pool. It’s really fun and refreshing while you get in shape at the same time. You can even do it with your kids. Info found on the Mayo site, check it out for many great tips! Be sure to sign up for our blog to get health tips and recipes emailed to you.