So, many people don’t think about sports performance safety in the Summer heat. Because it is important to keep yourself protected from extreme heat, today’s post focuses on ways to exercise safely in the Summer.
Sports Performance Safety
When you’re exercising or participating in a sport in the heat, you need to take precaution. In the first place, make sure you give yourself some time so your body can adjust to the temperature outside. Second, make sure you exercise in the morning or in the evening. It is important to avoid exercising or participating in a sport during peak sun temperature.
In addition, it is important to stay hydrated. Make sure you have enough water. Also, a sports drink can replenish your body with electrolytes.
When you’re outdoors, make sure you have on skin protection. Ideally, use a UVA/UVB lotion of at least SPF30. Remember to keep applying this every few hours. For more information, visit my Healthy Summer Skin Care Recommendations post.
Sports Performance Safety Training
Heat can cause your body to perform differently. If you’re planning to compete in an event, it is important to start off slowly to get your body used to the heat. By adding a little more time each day to your sports training, your body will be better prepared the day of a race or activity.
Getting your body acclimated to the heat can help avoid serious health issues such as:
- Heatstroke – When your body temperature is greater than 104 F, you run the risk of heatstroke. Since heatstroke can be life threatening, it is important to keep your body hydrated.
- Muscle cramps – Although your body can cramp up during any type of exercise any time of year, it is important to be aware of the difference of a heat cramp.
- Exercise and heat collapse – At the same time, if you feel faint or lightheaded after exercise, make sure you immediately stop exercising or walk away from a sports activity.
By taking precaution when exercising or competing in a sport, it is important that you know your body. If you develop a headache, nausea, weakness, swelling, or fatigue, make sure you immediately stop your activity.
In addition, make sure you get out of the heat if you experience any type of medical symptom. When exercising or competing in a sport in the heat, dress accordingly. Avoid wearing dark colors as dark colors tend to absorb heat. Stick to lighter color clothing instead. You can also find a lot of clothing available with breathable fabrics. Of course, by wearing lightweight fabrics, you will feel much cooler.
Sports Performance Safety Conclusion
Whether you’re exercising alone or competing in a sport with a team, make sure you take necessary precautions. To sum up, you don’t have to stop exercising in the heat, you just have to be careful.
As always, I welcome your comments.