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Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but during hot summers it can pose a health risk. If you are someone who prefers to exercise outdoors, it is important to follow precautions and know your risk.
As we exercise, our muscles work and our core body temperature rises. Our circulatory system is responsible for transporting heat to the skin surface, which causes us to sweat. When it is hot and humid outside, our bodies cannot evaporate sweat as easily, trapping more heat in the body. However, there are a few simple steps you can take to avoid heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
If you do find yourself outside with excessive thirst, weakness, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, or dizziness, it is essential to cool your body and hydrate as quickly as possible. If you cannot get indoors, find shade or a cool place. Heat exhaustion can progress to a heat stroke if you do not take proper precautions. If you have not recovered within 30 minutes, it is best to seek medical attention.
Did you know Sheltering Arms offers a full array of fitness and wellness services for both patients and non-patients? From land- and aquatic-based fitness classes to personal training, we can help you establish an exercise routine that’s right for you. Click here to learn more about all of the fitness and wellness services available at Sheltering Arms.