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WGTS Health Minute: Exercising Safely in Hot Weather

By: Claude

With summer in full force, it’s important to know how to exercise safely in hotter weather. Trey Godwin, MD, physiatrist with Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, offers some tips on staying safe and cool this summer while being active.

What are some of the signs that someone may have a heat related illness?

What are some signs that someone may have a heat-related illness? Recognition of heat illness prevents severe consequences. If you begin to feel dizzy, nauseous or tired, it’s time to rest, cool down and hydrate. If this isn’t done, exertional heat stroke should be suspected, which is an emergency. If you have changes in behavior, disorientation, body cramping, nausea and vomiting, these can be signs of an emergency, requiring immediate cooling and medical treatment. When it comes to heat related illnesses, prevention is key. Make sure you: - Hydrate - Get enough sleep - Avoid the hottest part of the day - Gradually progress your exercises over a period of weeks
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