Most people know about the health benefits from regular exercise. Now, learn how to stay safe and healthy even when you’re exercising outdoors in hot weather.
As the temperature rises, we tend to sweat heavily and tire easily. If we go too hard in these conditions, we can develop signs of heat exhaustion, including extreme fatigue, light-headedness, and weakness.
The most serious form of heat illness is heat stroke, which happens when our body temperature reaches dangerously high levels. It usually starts with nausea, vomiting, altered mental status, and collapse. Death can occur if the body is not rapidly cooled by bathing in ice water.
Try the following tips from Kaiser Permanente family physician Bob Sallis, MD, to keep your summer exercise safe and fun:
If you begin to feel poorly, then slow down or stop and find a cool place to rest. And remember, walking is a great way to stay fit in almost any weather. Kick off your walking program today.*
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