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Beat the Heat: Preventative Measures for Exercising Outdoors

As temperatures are on the rise during the summer months, it’s imperative to take precautions when exercising outdoors. Increased outdoor temperatures pose a risk to our health during exercise because both factors raise the body’s core temperature. This can contribute to dehydration and heat exhaustion, some heat-related illnesses, that arise from the body’s inability to rapidly and efficiently cool down. Maintaining an awareness about the signs and symptoms of these heat-realted conditions and taking preventative measures pre and post-exercise can help you healthily commit and enjoy exercising outside!

Here are some warning signs of heat-related illness:

  • Nausea or vommitting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache or Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Visual Impairment

What can you do to prepare yourself?

  • Check the weather report! (Including humidty levels) This can help better shape your workout plan and explore alternative ways to exerise on hotter days.
  • Drink plenty of fluids regularly throughout exercise. Staying hydrated is a key component of avoiding heat-related illness.
  • Avoid the midday sun – exercise in the early morning or evening when the temperature is cooler.
  • Dress appropriately – light colored and loose-fitting clothing can help reduce heat absorption and aids in perspiration.

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