Tips for Staying Healthy in the Heat

It’s great to get outdoors for some exercise, but it can be downright dangerous in our hot Alabama summers. Before you head out for a walk, run or basketball game, read our tips: Stay Hydrated

  • Drink water before, during if possible, and after your workout. A good rule of thumb is 4 to 8 ounces of water for every half hour of exercise. You’ll probably want to drink more if it’s really humid outside, so bring more than you think you need.
  • Put your water bottle in the freeze the night before so you’ll have cold water during your workout.
  • Avoid sugary drinks as they can accelerate water loss.

Stay Cool

  • Work out early in the morning or late in the evening, if possible.
  • If you can only fit in a workout on your lunch break, take a walk at the mall or other indoor facility.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing.

Protect Your Skin

  • Wear sweat-resistant sunscreen with the highest amount of SPF, even if your skin is dark. Dark skin can get sun damage, too.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and face from the sun.

And most important, listen to your body. If you feel dizzy or light-headed, stop, sit down and get something to drink. Exercise is important, but not at the risk of dehydration and heat stroke