If you love outdoor workouts, then you know exercising can be more challenging during the summer months. Unfortunately, high temperatures put you at risk for dangerous heat-related illnesses that require emergency care . The good news is that you don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite outdoor exercise sessions until the winter. By taking some proactive steps to protect yourself, you can still be active outside during the summer months. Keep this advice in mind.
Check with your physician
If you have chronic health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, ask your physician before you begin exercising outdoors on hot days. Some medications can intensify the way your body responds to heat, including:
- Ace inhibitors
- Ace receptor blockers
- Calcium channel blockers
- Beta blockers
Hydration is critical when you’re being active outside. Drink some water before your workout, take breaks while exercising to drink, and replenish your fluids after your workout with water or a sports drink. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty—if you’re thirsty, then you’re already dehydrated.
You can also increase your intake of foods with high water contents during the summer, including:
Hydration is an important ingredient in avoiding heat-related illnesses, so listen to your body. If you feel thirst or have other symptoms of dehydration, such as dizziness, muscle cramps, and fatigue, stop your workout and try again another day.
Pick the perfect time
During summer, the hottest time of the deal is usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Schedule your workouts for early in the morning and late in the afternoon or evening, when the temperature and humidity is usually lower.
Don’t forget to give yourself time to adjust to the temperatures. It can take up to two weeks for your body to get used to the heat, so go slowly and lower the intensity of your workout out until your body can handle it.
If you’re working out outside and experience symptoms of a heat-related illness, seek emergency care at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center right away. We offer the urgent care you need in Las Vegas when a medical crisis occurs any time, day or night. You can learn more about all of our hospital services or request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.