Summer Exercise:

Staying Cool as You Move

Summer begs us to get out of the house and enjoy the best days the Puget Sound has to offer. But however north we may be, we are not imhmune from heat exhaustion and heat stroke – especially in these last two months before cooler fall weather sets in. Here’s how to maintain your activity and stay healthy in the heat:

  • Don’t Forget Your WATER! I bring a camel pack on my longer workouts. Carry water with you at all times, and if you prefer, freeze used bottles 1/4 full of water (instant ice!) so you can have cold water for most of the day. If exercising longer than 60 minutes, consider using a sports beverage such as Recharge by Knudsen’s to replace lost electrolytes.
  • SHADE! Hiking trails are often shaded and 5-10 degrees cooler than walking in direct sun. We are blessed to have many parks and paths with canopy covers in and near the city. Use the summer months to explore them!
  • Make friends with the pool…or lake, river, or other body of water. Water is just as important here, even though you may not feel as thirsty.
  • Wear loose, breathable clothing when outside.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest parts of the day – between 11am and 6pm for most days.
  • Sunscreen is your friend! Use waterproof and sweatproof varieties and let it sit on the skin for at least 10 minutes before beginning your activity.
  • Take it Easy! Trying to set any record is not a good idea on a hot day. Listen to your body and it won’t steer you wrong!

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