While I have never (rightfully) been described as an “outside person,” even I’m starting to get stir crazy after months of quarantining at home. But now that I live in Texas, I’m highly aware of the dangers of heat stroke and heat exhaustion if I go outside. Our member clinics have some great advice for being careful if you want to go for a run or bike ride in our current climate.
Working out safely when it’s hot outside
With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, the dog days of summer are quickly approaching. And with many of us trapped inside over the last few months, we’re even more eager to get outside to take a walk, go for a run, or ride a bike.
But with the Farmer’s Almanac predicting it’s “likely to be a scorcher” this year, there are some precautions we all should take before exercising outside.
- Stay hydrated
It’s common knowledge that it’s always important to hydrate before and after working out, but it’s doubly important to stay hydrated when it’s hot outside. The experts at Coury and Buehler Physical Therapy, a Physiquality member in Southern California, have some detailed recommendations on hydration when exercising in the heat: