clock July 30, 2015 comments No Comments flowchart Our Blog tag HealthSafetyWeather

15253-a-young-woman-stretching-outdoors-before-exercising-pvMaking exercise a part of your daily routine can benefit both your mental and physical wellness. However, when the temperature soars, you could fall victim to heat exhaustion, dehydration, and blistering sunburn. The following information offers tips on how to work out safely this summer.

Apply Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be a regular part of your morning ritual. After you get out of the shower and before you get dressed, try to get in the habit of putting on your sun block. An SPF of 15 or higher can block out the dangerous rays of the sun. It can also help prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and dry skin. If you’re sweating, you’ll want to reapply the sun protection every couple of hours.

Remember to Hydrate

Whether you’re running, biking, swimming, hiking, or taking a class at the g16319-a-young-woman-drinking-water-during-exercise-pvym, it is important not to let your body get to a stage of dehydration, especially on warmer-than-normal days. Heat stroke symptoms include nausea, hyperventilation, and a rapid heartbeat. Since the body loses the ability to produce sweat, your skin may even appear dry. You should try and drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water per day. However, you may want to up that amount if you will be working out during the summer.

Limit Your Time in the Sun

The peak times of the day when the sun is strongest are usually between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you are looking to exercise outdoors, you want to aim for early in the morning or late in the afternoon. In addition to cooler temperatures, you won’t have to contend with the sun beating down on you.

Dress Appropriately

Lighter clothing will keep you a lot cooler than darker shades because they aid in reflecting the heat. Linen, cotton, and rayon fabric choices work best at keeping the body cool. They also allow your skin to breathe easier than wool, silk, or polyester.

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