Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stay Safe in the Sun!

Playing in the sun

Hot, sunny weather can be dangerous. We enjoy exercising outdoors, but high temps can be dangerous without proper precautions. Experts at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommend lowering your risk of heat injury. Keep their tips in mind when you play outside:

  • Drink plenty of water. Don't wait until you become thirsty — keep yourself hydrated throughout your workout.
  • Take breaks, especially if you're trying a new activity or if you weren't active during the colder months.
  • Schedule your workouts in the morning or evening, when it's cooler. Avoid working out during the hottest part of the day — between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Slow your pace on hot days. Your workout may take longer, but heat exhaustion can come on quickly when you exercise at an intense pace. Take it easy!
  • Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics; light colors will help reflect the sun's heat.
  • If you suspect heat exhaustion, stop what you are doing immediately. Move to a shaded area, remove excess clothing, fan or wet your body to reduce your core temperature, and seek medical care immediately.

Keep safe outdoors, and stay cool this summer!

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