summer sun safety

Stay safe in the sun when exercising outdoors this summer

by Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation, June 26, 2017

We’re only a few days into it, but summer is already heating up. Temperatures have dipped into the 90s earlier this month, and plenty more hot days are sure to be on the way before the season is over.

For those of you who enjoy staying active during the summer, exercising outdoors once the thermometer reads above 90° can become a challenge. Battling the heat isn’t just a matter of staying comfortable, but avoiding a number of heat-related complications. Too much heat without adequate cooling can have some serious consequences and may lead issues like heat exhaustion, heat cramps, dehydration and heat stroke.

When exercise is added to this equation, these risks are even greater. If you don’t drink enough water, you can get dehydrated. This can cause you to feel light-headed and nauseous, and can lead to other issues if you don’t do anything about it. On the other hand, if you drink too much water without replenishing your electrolytes, you can get hyponatremia, which typically leads to confusion, nausea and muscle cramps.

We understand that exercising outdoors in the summer is important, but so is your safety. That’s why we encourage you to follow these tips while exercising in the summer sun:

  • Avoid exercising between 10 am-3 pm, the hottest time of the day
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and keep your body cool
  • Choose shaded trails and pathways, and try exercising out of the sun
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and sports drinks with electrolytes not only when you’re thirsty, but throughout the day, especially when it’s really hot
  • Know the signs of heat-related issues like dehydration and hyponatremia
  • If it’s too hot, be smart and exercise indoors or take the day off

At Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation in Washington, D.C., we want you to enjoy the weather, but to use some common sense when doing so by keeping these tips in mind every time exercise outdoors. For any aches or pain you may be experiencing, we can help with those as well. Contact us at 202-223-1737 or e-mail to schedule an appointment today.

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