Fitness Friday: Working out Safely in the Summer Heat

With summer on its way, many won’t let the rising temperatures get in the way of their exercise routines. Dr. Sabrina Strickland, Orthopedic Surgeon, has tips to help you stay safe while keeping fit in the summer heat:

  • Don’t stop working out just because of the heat, but it is a good excuse to take it a bit easy.
  • If you have asthma or other respiratory issues, certainly take a break. Work out inside or skip the hottest days.
  • Bring water, drink it every 20 minutes and start your workout well hydrated.
  • Work out during the coolest hours, early in the morning or late at night.
  • Warning signs to look out for: dizziness, cramping, headache and at the extreme a lack of sweating. These may signify dehydration and possible early heat stroke.