It's going to be a hot one today, with temps in the 90s. It's important to get physical activity each day, even in the heat, so here are a couple tips on how to SHIFT your workout so you can still stay active safely.
Sunscreen – Wear sunscreen to protect you from damaging UV rays. Sunburns increase the risk of skin cancer and decrease your body’s ability to cool off.
Hydration – Keep the water bottle handy! Staying hydrated helps you sweat and cool down. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water.
Information – Know your medical risks, like conditions or medications that can increase risk of heat-related illness, and know your physical fitness level. Ask your doctor if you need to take it easier in the heat or take any additional precautions.
Flexibility – Change up your exercise routine! Go to a gym, walk laps or climb stairs in an air conditioned building or take an indoor fitness class in your community, like those in the City of Lakewood listed here.
Timing – Mornings and evenings are cooler than the middle of the day, so choose these times to get outside. If possible, shady areas and pools are a good alternative to sunny (AKA HOT) areas.