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Take Care When Exercising Outdoors

Tips on how to stay cool outside


This is the time of the year when living in paradise can backfire. Why? Because it’s so dang hot out all the time.

The heat is a game changer in Southwest Florida. But if you’re used to exercising outside, it doesn’t mean you need you need to completely change your game—just alter it. The Mayo Clinic has a few ways to avoid getting overheated during your daily jog:

-- Take it easy: Get acclimated to the heat, especially if you’re not used to working out in hot weather. That may mean dialing it back a notch for a few days until your body adjusts to the heat.

-- Drink plenty of fluids, of course. We all know to drink water when working out. This may be the time to switch to something like Gatorade. A sports drink can replace the sodium, chloride and potassium lost through sweating.

-- Adjust your schedule: If you normally like a lunchtime jog, try switching to early morning or late afternoon. It’s best to avoid the midday heat.

-- Dress appropriately: Think light clothing and a hat. Oh, and don’t forget that sunscreen.

For more tips (and warning signs of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses) from the Mayo Clinic, click here.


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