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Beating the Heat: Safe Summer Exercise


Now that summer is officially here, many of us will be starting seasonal summer exercise routines. Whether you’re keeping a New Year’s resolution or just decided to get in shape, the nice weather is a great time for working out. Just like everything else, though, it doesn’t come without its own share of risks. The heat can be just as dangerous as the cold, and it always pays to be safe!First and foremost, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. This is really important, as dehydration can cause all kinds of problems, and some are pretty serious. No matter what the temperature is outside, keeping a bottle of water close by is the first thing you should do.When trying to work out, many prefer to get it done early. This isn’t just to “get it out of the way,” but also because it’s usually coolest in the early morning. Unless you have an event, like a 5K to run, during later morning and afternoon hours, it’s best to avoid intense exercise between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Why? Because that’s the hottest part of the day! Especially if you aren’t used to exercise, the best way to beat the heat might be to avoid it.It also turns out that what you wear is just as important for exercise as anything else. Lighter colors are better, since they’ll reflect the heat. Wearing dark colors, like navy blue or black, will only make you hotter, increasing your risks of dehydration and other problems. Cotton clothing is also good, since it helps your sweat evaporate.A few other common tips to beat the heat include wearing sunscreen (to lower your risk of sunburn and skin diseases), choose shaded trails or areas when you can, check the weather before leaving to exercise. Finally, it’s important to pay attention to your body. If you start feeling dizzy or faint, take a break and drink some water.Some of PHN’s employees also shared some of their own tips for staying safe in the summer heat. Sara Rupp, Marketing Director, recommended YouTube: “In a pinch, especially after a long day of work, I like to look up exercise routines on YouTube. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, I’m still able to exercise for the day.”DJ Martino, Grant Writer, recommends staying inside: “If it’s really hot outside, I prefer just exercising indoors, either to a video routine or to music. Later on, I like to go for a walk, once things have cooled off.”Finally, Jen Wise, Quality Director, recommended finding a pool: “In hot weather, I’d say to go for a swim. Some cool water is a good way to beat the heat.” 

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