Outdoor exercise Gym rats, listen up. If the summer weather has enticed you to take your fitness routine outside, you need to make a few adjustments.

The experts at American University say heat stroke is just one strenuous workout away.

– Start by planning your outdoor exercise during the coolest time of the day, early morning. If that doesn’t work, wait until after 5pm.
– Wear light colored clothes that wick away moisture, but wear as little as you can comfortably get away with.
– Protect any bare skin with sunscreen.
– Once your workout is under way, take it slow and easy. Acclimating your body to the heat takes time.
– And drink plenty of water, enough to replace what you lose. A good rule of thumb is to drink one pint of water for every pound you lose.

The early symptoms of heat illness include:

– heavy sweating
– fatigue
– thirst and
– muscle cramps

so stay on the lookout for your own safety.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news for healthier living.

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