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Health Tip: Exercising in the Heat

Take steps to keep cooler

(HealthDay News) -- Exercise is important at any time of year, but the hot summer months require extra precautions to keep you from overheating.

The American Heart Association recommends:

  • Don't exercise outdoors during the hottest hours of the day, generally between noon and 3 p.m.
  • Drink extra water before, during and after exercise. Bring a water bottle to use while you exercise.
  • Make sure clothing fits loosely, is light in color, is lightweight and wicks away moisture. Protect against sunburn with sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
  • Give your body time to adjust to higher temperatures, and don't push yourself as hard as usual when the weather first heats up. Take breaks when needed, and listen to your body.
  • Consult your doctor about the safety of exercising in hot weather.
  • Work out with an exercise buddy for safety.


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