If you’re like me, summer is the best time of the year. Ample sunshine, longer days, vacations, sporting and music events galore, what’s not to love about summer? But now that we’ve hit August, being active in the sweltering heat can be more challenging.
Here are some of tips to staying cool while it’s hot outside:
- Timing is key: Try to avoid exercising outside in the early afternoon. It’s usually hottest between noon and 3 pm (or 7pm if you’re inland).
- Hydrate: Drink water before, during and after physical activity, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Dress for success: Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Moisture-wicking fabric can also be a big help.
- Listen to your body: Take frequent breaks in the shade, and allow yourself time to adapt to the heat -- some experts say that this can take about 4-14 days. You may not be able to work out as long or as hard as usual when it’s very hot. When it’s too hot, do something active indoors.
- Doctor’s orders: Check with your healthcare professional before starting an exercise routine or moving your workout outdoors if you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, other chronic disease or any medical concerns. Healthcare professionals also recommend that certain medications like beta blockers, ace receptor blockers, ace inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics can exaggerate the body’s response to heat.
- Buddy up: If you can, work out with a partner for safety ... and fun!
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