Keep Your Cool

Keep your Cool:

Through the summer, many of us take to the outdoors to get fresh air and exercise while maintaining social-distancing rules. But as the summer temperatures rise, so too does the danger of heat exhaustion when working out outdoors.

The Heat of the Moment:

Heat exhaustion happens when your body overheats. Common symptoms include:

Headache, Dizziness/Fainting, Cold, pale and clammy skin, body aches or muscle cramps, Rapid, weak pulse, tiredness/weakness, nausea or vomiting

The Safe Outdoors:

When staying active outdoors this summer, remember these seven tips to stay safe:

  1. Stay hydrated: drink plenty of fluids to maintain a normal body temperature.
  2. Stay indoors during peak sun hours: between 10:00am-4:00pm. If possible, schedule your outdoor activities in the early morning or evening.
  3. Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing: dark tight-fitting clothing traps heat; keeping your body from cooling properly.
  4. Always use sunscreen: sunburn can dehydrate you and keep your body from cooling down. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and apply sunscreen of SPF 30 minutes before going out. Then reapply according to directions on the package. Products labeled or UVA/UVB work best.
  5. Understand your individual risk: certain medications (beta blockers, diuretics and antihistamines for example) increase the risk of heat exhaustion. In addition, frequently check on those at highest risk for heat-related death, such as elderly, disabled people or homebound people. Check on children and pets frequently as they can’t always communicate when something is wrong.
  6. Stay informed: check local news for extreme heat warnings. Avoid outdoor activities during these times.
  7. Safely wear a mask: when wearing a mask outdoors in high temperatures, choose a breathable material like light-colored cotton, for your face covering. Also have multiple face coverings on hand, in case your first becomes damp from sweat.

Turn it down:

If you experience any symptoms of heat exhaustion, stop what you’re doing and move to a cooler place. If symptoms persist, it’s time to call your doctor. When not treated promptly, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition that happens when the core body temperature rise above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

For more tips for working out safely at HMHforU.org/Exercise.

Disclaimer: this article comes from the June 2020 issue of AARP and I give the publication full credit for the information. Please be careful when going outside and cover up.

About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Keep Your Cool

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please be careful when spending long amounts of time in the sun. Take a break and cool off!

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