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Exercise Caution in the Heat
Serious injury can result from excess exercise in the summer heat
-Julie Ryan Evans
No other season inspires fitness like summer-the layers are gone and there are shorts to sport, sundresses to bear and hello, bikinis.
But keeping fit in the summer isn’t without challenges, especially if you prefer to work on your bikini body outside the gym. The soaring temperatures can be dangerous if you’re not prepared.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) recently issued recommendations to help guard against illness related to warm-weather activity:
• Don’t start at full tilt. Gradually increasing the intensity and duration of activity helps ready your body for the heat.
• Take rest breaks. Add them to the activity and get adequate rest between bouts of exercise. Good sleeping habits also cut your risk of heat-related trouble.
• Stay hydrated. Drink water or sports drinks well before and throughout physical activity in the heat. If your urine turns a darker color – more like apple juice than lemonade – that’s a quick indicator of dehydration.
• Timing helps. When possible, exercise during the cooler portions of the day – early morning or late evening.
Back off at signs of trouble. If you don’t feel well, reduce the intensity or length of your activity, for example, walk instead of run. If you have symptoms of an illness (e.g., fever, diarrhea, extreme fatigue, etc.) don’t exercise at all. These conditions can decrease your body’s tolerance for heat and increase your risk of a heat illness.
Even if you think you are prepared, always listen to your body. If you start to feel ill or strange, stop immediately and seek medical attention.
To read more about heat-related illness including some signs to watch for, visit Healthday.com for the complete article.
Be careful out there!