Having fun in the sun is easy when you follow these easy recommendations.
- Know the side effects of the medications you take. Blood pressure medications, antihistamines, decongestants, appetite suppressants and antidepressants can hasten dehydration and decrease the body’s ability to recognize danger. So remember to stay hydrated.
- Know your exercise route and weather for the day. If you are going on an extended hike, run or bike ride make sure your route has some shade along the way. Exercise in direct sun for greater than 30 minutes can accelerate dehydration. Check out the heat index and try to exercise early in the morning or after 6:00pm.
- Decrease the Intensity of your Workout. When you plan to exercise in hot and humid weather do not try to set a personal best record. This is the time to either decrease the intensity or the duration of your workout. Also do not feel the need to keep up with exercise partners who may be more fit or better acclimated to the heat.
Hopefully these tips will help to you to have fun and stay safe when exercising or playing in the summer sun.