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3 tips for exercising in the heat

Exercising in the heat requires some additional precautions to ensure your safety and well-being. Here are three tips to help you exercise effectively in hot weather:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Sweating is your body's way of cooling down, but it can lead to significant fluid loss. It's crucial to stay properly hydrated before, during, and after your workout. Drink plenty of water before you start exercising, and have a water bottle with you to sip on throughout your workout. If you're engaging in prolonged or intense activities, consider a sports drink that can help replenish electrolytes lost through sweat.

  2. Choose the Right Time: Try to schedule your workouts during cooler times of the day, typically in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is lower. Avoid exercising during the peak heat hours, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest. Exercising in the cooler parts of the day will help prevent overheating and reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses.

  3. Dress Appropriately: Wear lightweight, breathable clothing that allows sweat to evaporate easily and keeps you cool. Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics that help move sweat away from your body, promoting faster evaporation. Additionally, choose light-coloured clothing that reflects the sun's rays rather than absorbing them. Don't forget to protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and applying sunscreen to exposed skin.

Remember, it's crucial to listen to your body. If you start feeling dizzy, nauseous, or excessively fatigued, stop exercising immediately, find a shaded area, and hydrate yourself. Stay aware of the signs of heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heatstroke and seek medical attention if necessary.

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