Solon: Strategies to help you exercise in the heat

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If you’ve been living in the city, I’m sure you’ve experienced the first signs of summer heat in the past few weeks. This sort of summer heat can be a potential source of issues with our exercise like dehydration, heat stroke, dizziness and the like.

Here are some strategies that can help you exercise during these summer months:

Hydrate

When it’s hot, we tend to sweat more. This pulls fluids from our body. When there is less fluid in the body, our blood viscosity increases, leading to higher blood pressure. The lack of fluids also leads us to become more prone to muscle cramps. Make sure to hydrate during your exercise sessions. One way to assess how much fluid you’re losing is to weigh yourself before and after exercise. Try to drink this weight in liters while exercising. If you’re working out for more than one hour, an electrolyte drink with little added sugars should be helpful.

Wear the appropriate clothes, colors

Wear something that wicks moisture away from your body like cotton and dry-fit exercise clothing. The faster sweat can evaporate from your body, the cooler you will feel. Couple this by wearing lighter colors so that you feel cooler through your exercise session.

Pick the right time of day

We usually enjoy walking at around quarter to five, but the heat the past few weeks has become unbearable. We now do our walking close to 6 p.m. so we do not feel the heat as much. For others, this can mean exercising earlier in the day.

Some people enjoy the heat, while there are others that are bothered by it. When you’re in the heat and you’re starting to feel dizzy, it’s best to give it a rest, hydrate and resume your exercise when you’re feeling better.

If you have a medical condition, make sure to consult your doctor to help you choose the right activity for you.

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