Summer Heat Increases Heat Stoke

As the temperatures rise to over 90 Degrees on a regular basis this summer, it is very important to take precautions against heat stroke and other heart disease issues.  Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, however it’s safer and more fun to have a friend or family member with you while you take that daily walk, bike ride or stroll through the farmer’s market.

American Heart Association provides the following tips to stay safe in the summer heat:

Get off on the right foot.  You probably sweat the most in your shoes, so choose well-ventilated shoes and look for socks that repel perspiration.  Foot powders and antiperspirants can also help with sweat.

Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics such as cotton, or a synthetic fabric that repels sweat.  Add a hat and/or sunglasses.

Drink up.  Before you get started, apply a water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15, and reapply it every two (2) hours.  Stay hydrated by drinking a few cups of water before, during and after your exercise.  Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

Take regular breaks.  Find some shade or a cool place, stop for a few minutes, hydrate and start again.