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Exercising safely in the summer heat

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With the heat and humidity that comes with summertime, hydration is of utmost importance when exercising or participating in activities outdoors.

Be sure to drink water before, during and after physical activity.

Keeping a water bottle with you at all times can help ensure that you receive proper hydration.

It is also important to be aware of signs of dehydration, such as thirst, headache, dizziness or getting light headed, low blood pressure and feelings of tiredness or fatigue.

When participating in physical activity in the heat, it is also important to wear clothing made of wicking fabric, which is designed to pull moisture away from the skin. Look for wicking clothing that has built-in sun protection to help avoid sunburn and skin damage as well.

If you are planning to exercise outdoors throughout the summer months, try to work out in the early or late parts of the day, when the heat, humidity and the sun’s rays aren't as intense.

It is always important to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise routine, especially in the hot, summer months.

Depending on any pre-existing medical conditions, your doctor may refer you to medically supervised exercise, such as the Forever Fit program at Alamance Regional Medical Center, in which certified exercise specialists instruct patients on safe, effective workout routines that promote health and overall well-being.

Spokesperson Background:
Megan Norriss is an exercise specialist at Alamance Regional Medical Center’s Lifestyle Center.

Norriss received a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science from UNCG in 2006, and is certified as a fitness specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine.