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Keep That Summer Heat at Bay

A few tips on adapting to outdoor exercise in high temperatures and humidity

SATURDAY, June 29, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- The heat's really on, and anyone who exercises outdoors needs to know how to adjust to summertime's higher temperatures and humidity.

Here are some tips from Shan James, exercise physiologist and program coordinator at Duke University Medical Center's Duke Center for Living:

  • Shift your exercise to times when the sun isn't at its peak, such as early morning or evening.
  • Wear loose clothing, along with a protective hat and sunscreen.
  • Pay close attention to your body's heat-related warning signs. Watch for increased fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and thirst.
  • Drink before, during and after exercise. Water is the best choice.

More information

For a list of health and lifestyle risks, particularly for older people, that hot weather can induce, visit the National Institute on Aging's hyperthermia page.

SOURCE: Duke University Medical Center, news release, June 2002
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