Don’t use summer as an excuse to take a break from your fitness routine. On the contrary, summer is a great season to continue or even augment your workouts. The days are longer and it’s typically the best time to enjoy delicious fresh fruits and vegetables to nourish your body. While not everyone is a fitness guru or an athlete, making an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle is pivotal to improving your overall health. This also make summer workout safety a very timely topic. In order to stay safe, keep these tips in mind during your next summer workout:
BE SMARTER THAN THE HEAT
You can’t just ignore the heat because you could wind up with a heat-related illness or other problems. Take into account the following pointers to maintain a safe workout regime during this extremely high-temperature summer season:
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
Maintain salt-water balance by drinking plenty of fluids (preferably water) before, during and after physical activity.
Exercise smarter, not harder. Work out during the cooler parts of the day; early morning or later in the evening when the sun’s radiation is minimal. Decrease exercise intensity and duration at high temperatures or relative humidity. Don’t hesitate to take your exercise inside if the heat is too much to handle outside!
EASE INTO SUMMER
Allow your body to adapt partially to heat through repeated gradual daily exposures.
DRESS THE PART
Wear clothing that facilitates cooling by evaporation. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics. Sometimes people tend to use sweat gear because they feel that by sweating more, they burn more calories. This is not true! By sweating, you tend to lose more water; thus creating your body to dehydrate. Which is not part of a smart workout.
If and when you can, exercise with a friend or family member. It’s safer, and could be more fun. Experiencing an emergency can be frightening when all alone in a remote part of the running/bike trail, or when you are feeling the effects of a heat related illness.
The following is a quick reference to the signs of danger to keep an eye out for:
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION:
- Heavy Sweating
- Cold, moist skin, chills
- Dizziness or fainting
- Weak or rapid pulse
- Muscle cramps
- Fast, shallow breathing
- Nausea, vomiting or both
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE:
- Warm, dry or moist skin
- Strong and rapid pulse
- Confusion and/or unconsciousness
- High body temperature (above 103°F)
- Throbbing headaches
- Nausea, vomiting or both
If you or your workout buddy have signs of heat exhaustion immediately seek medical help with your pcp or an urgent care. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and requires an emergency room visit.
Remember to keep fit during the summer season but exercise smart. If you over do it or experience an injury though providers at ExpressMD Urgent Care are here 7 days a week to care for you.