Wednesday, June 20, 2012

4 Tips To Safe Summer Exercise

It has been a scorcher in Ontario this week with temperatures rising to over 40 degrees and it is just going to keep getting hotter and more humid.

In fact, there is an extreme heat alert issued for Toronto and we are on our way to breaking a weather record.

Welcome to the first day of summer.

However, there are still ways to keep cool and manage to sneak in a workout or two, just follow these tips.  (Check out this post for more ways to beat the heat).

Take it inside.
Do your workout indoors in an air-conditioned gym or in your basement where the temperatures are cooler.

If you do go outside, take precautions.
Make sure that you are aware of any heat alerts, wear sunscreen (and reapply often) and be prepared to modify your planned activities.

Dress the part.
Wear loose fitting, lightly coloured clothing (moisture wicking clothing would also be fantastic, if you have it.) Avoid dark colours as they absorb the heat rather than reflect it.  And don't forget to wear a hat and sunglasses.

Recognize the signs of heat-related illness.
Heat exhaustion and stroke are serious business.  Some signs and symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Fainting
  • Confusion and irritability
Heat exhaustion can usually be treated at home by getting the victim out of the sun, allowing them to rest and keeping them hydrated and cool.  However, if you are ever in doubt or suspect that it may be heat stroke, call EMS immediately.

Any other tips you would like to share?

Stay Healthy Cool,

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