Of course, when warmer weather rolls around again, you will want to get out and engage in physical exercise. Whether your main purpose is to keep fit or simply have fun with loved ones, there are a few things you should know about exercising in the summer.
Because older adults are particularly vulnerable to heat stroke and dehydration, knowing how to take care of yourself will ensure that your wellbeing is not compromised while allowing you to have fun!
Knowing the Dangers of Hypothermia
Did you know that there are numerous risk factors for hypothermia, or heat related illnesses? This includes heat stroke, heat exhaustion, cramping, as well as sudden dizziness after engaging in physical exercise.
The risk factors for developing hypothermia include:
- Being on multiple medications
- Being dehydrated
- A reduced capacity to sweat due to being on certain medications, such as blood pressure drugs
- Poor blood circulation, which can be caused by age-related changes to the body
- Having heart, lung or kidney diseases
- … and more!
Even if you do not have any of these risk factors, simply being older puts you more at risk of hypothermia than younger individuals. Environmental factors, such as being in an overcrowded space and lack of access to proper ventilation, can also put you at increased risk.
Keeping Hypothermia At Bay
Below are some best practices to follow in order to keep safe while exercising in the summer:
- Understand your own levels and abilities and avoid engaging in exercise that is too strenuous for you. If you are unsure, always check with your doctor first.
- Make sure that you stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle with you wherever you go.
- If you live in a particularly warm area, avoid exercising when the sun is at its highest out. This is usually sometime before and after noon.
- Always apply sunscreen, even if you think you don’t need it.
- Instead of having one long exercise session during the day, you can try to break this up into a few shorter sessions.
- Wear clothing that will protect you from sun exposure without causing you to overheat.
When summer comes around again, we know that it can be tempting to take some time off to spend with your grandkids. However, always make sure that you have your health and wellbeing in mind, regardless of the type of activity you are engaging in.
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