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Health Minute: Safely Exercising in Warm Weather

By: Claude

Spring is officially in full swing and now is a great time to get outside to exercise and enjoy the warm weather. Although every season brings its own challenges to exercising outdoors, today we are joined by Dr. Trey Godwin, physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation. He has some important tips to consider when exercising in warmer temperatures. Dr. Godwin, on average how much exercise should a person be getting?

Dr. Godwin: On average, a person should be getting 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. This should consist of any activities that raise your heart rate for an extended period. Exercises should also be reasonably challenging and can vary depending on your age and overall level of fitness. Talk with your healthcare provider before beginning an exercise routine.

Considering the amount of time and intensity required, what type of exercises would you recommend that people consider?

Dr. Godwin: Being outdoors presents several opportunities to expand your exercise regimen. Walking, jogging and bike riding are great options for raising your heart rate and burning calories. The key is finding activities that you enjoy. If you like your exercise plan, you will look forward to it and want to do it consistently. Other popular activities for outdoor exercise may include hiking, playing catch, tennis and jump roping.

What tips do you recommend for keeping safe and healthy while exercising in warm weather?

Dr. Godwin: It’s important that you monitor the weather. Try to avoid the middle of the day when the temperature is at its highest. Make sure you dress appropriately for the conditions, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Also remember to pace yourself, exercising when it’s hot can put a greater strain on the body. If you are feeling like you can’t breathe or are lightheaded, stop exercising and drink plenty of water!

You shared why it’s important to pace yourself, what course of action should someone take if they feel sick while exercising?

Dr. Godwin: It’s extremely important to monitor yourself. If you feel like you have gone too far, take a break. Go inside, rest, drink water and reassess. If you are feeling lightheaded or have chest pain after taking a break, seek medical assistance by calling 911.

That is so important to consider, always monitor your symptoms and if you feel sick, take a break. Thank your Dr. Godwin for these excellent tips. To learn more about healthy exercise options and Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, visit AdventistHealthCare.com. 

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