Don’t Let the Summer Heat Keep You from Exercising

RunningIf there’s one thing that we Michiganders can agree on, it’s that this summer has been one of the most scorching that we have ever had. There are days when the dryness of the air makes breathing a challenge, interfering with our ability to go through our daily activities.

Other times, the humidity is unbearable and it proves difficult to be comfortable at all. I think that sometimes people may not want to exercise in the summer because they are afraid of running out of energy, or of reaching too high of a body temperature – and this is not without reason.

There are a lot of dangers associated with the ultra high temperatures of summer. According to USA TODAY, these can include:

  • Heat cramps
  • Fainting
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heatstroke

Preventing Health Issues

While there are some serious risks that come along with summertime exercise, there are things you can do to make your physical exertion during this season a much safer and more pleasant experience. In order to make sure that you don’t overheat and put your health in danger, there are several precautionary measures that can be taken. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Remaining hydrated throughout your workout
  • Wearing lightweight clothes
  • Exercising in the shade or an air-conditioned vicinity when possible
  • Bringing a misting fan to continually cool yourself off
  • Pacing yourself

Just because this summer has consisted of extreme temperatures doesn’t mean that we can’t still get up and exercise – we just need to be very careful about the way we do it, and ensure that we aren’t jeopardizing our health.

How do you stay cool while exercising in the summer?

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