Staying active in the heat
The summer sun makes it the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. But the summer heat can be a problem for seniors, particularly with extreme humidity. While it might feel nice to stay inside and cool off by the air conditioning, it’s also important to stay active all year long. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to exercising in the heat:
- Avoid exercising or spending time outdoors during the hottest part of day, between 10 AM and 3 PM. The early morning is the best time to be outside, especially if you are already anticipating high temperatures.
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and help with the evaporation of sweat.
- Wear sunscreen, even on partly cloudy days.
- Stay consistently hydrated. Carry a bottle of water with you when you travel from place to place, and take a drink every 15 minutes even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Choose shaded areas, trails or pathways that keep you out of the sun.