When it’s hot, muggy and sticky the minute you step outside, increasing your core temperature may not be so appealing. A work-out on a hot, humid afternoon can be more than uncomfortable, it can be downright dangerous. So how can you exercise with caution when the mercury rises?
- Check the weather report. Humidity can be a greater concern than temperature. On a humid day, sweat does not evaporate from your skin and it’s harder to maintain a safe temperature.
- Choose light-colored, sweat-wicking clothing over dark heavy clothes which can make you hotter.
- Apply water-resistant sun screen with a minimum SPF 30 or higher.
- Hydrate throughout the day and before you begin outside hot weather activity.
- Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke including heavy sweating, muscle cramps, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting.
- Try water activities that can keep you cooler such as swimming, surfing and kayaking. Remember to keep drinking because even if you don’t feel sweat, you are still sweating.
If you are aware of the conditions outside, have appropriate gear and stay hydrated, you can best decide your personal limits while paying attention to how your body is feeling.
“I’m glad it’s finally hot enough to complain about how hot it is.” Anonymous