Beat the Heat: Workout Safety Tips, Part 3

Posted on June 30, 2011 by Craig Trinkley

Ready for more tips on exercising in the heat? Heart Rate Monitors USA has even more ways for you to exercise safely and effectively during the summer so that you aren’t putting your body at risk.

Here are some of our tips:

Going running, biking, walking, or hiking? Try running in shaded trails or pathways to keep out of the sun and to keep cooler.

Always check the weather forecast. If there’s a heat advisory, you may want to switch to exercising indoors, as heat advisory warning usually mean that the air outside can be potentially harmful if you put your lungs under stress.

Have a backup plan. You never know what the weather will do, so be prepared to exercise indoors at the gym, at home, or anywhere else you can complete your workout. Want to squeeze in a workout while you’re out? Try walking laps around the mall or doing stair-climbing in an air conditioned building.

Understand your medical risks. Certain conditions or medications may increase your chance of heat-related illness, so talk to your doctor about what you should do to safely exercise.

It’s always important to listen to your body, no matter what the season or the exercise. Your body will let you know if something is wrong, so if you start experiencing any discomfort, stay cool and take it easy. Maybe move your exercise indoors. Remember to stay safe and happy exercising!

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