Exercise and Heat

The dog days of summer are upon us, but that shouldn't keep us from getting our daily exercise.  You can still exercise outdoors, you just have to be a little more careful.

Summer officially begins in a little over two weeks, however, with temperatures this week hitting the mid-90ies, it feels like summer is already here.  Doctors say you should recognize that and exercise accordingly.

School's out for the summer, so many kids are spending more time outdoors.  Whether its a friendly game of basketball, or the comfort of exercising indoors, kids and adults should exercise with caution.

If you do decide to brave the heat, make sure you exercise with a partner.  If there are problems, there's someone there to assist you.

If you do have problems, get out of the heat immediately, find some shade and drink some water.  If problems persist and you experience a very high body temperature, red, hot, dry skin, rapid pulse, confusion and unconsciousness, your exercise partner should call 9-1-1 immediately and get you into air conditioning or shade.

Most people who go outside to exercise choose the early morning or late evening hours.

So, if treadmills, stationary bikes and weight machines aren't for you and you have to go out under the sun, be careful.

Take breaks often so that your body can get acclimated to the heat.  Have water with you at all times. Don't wait until you're thirsty.  Thirst is a late response of the body to fluid depletion. Once you feel thirsty, you are already low on fluids.

And, listen to your body.  The body doesn't lie and will tell you when something's wrong.