To stay safe while enjoying fun in the sun:
Drink 6 to 8 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty.
–Start slowly. It takes about a week to get used to exercising in the heat.
Work out when it’s cooler — morning or evening.
–In the heat of the day, head for the shade, perform your workout inside or hit the pool.
–Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, clothes with “wicking” material.
–Be especially careful on humid days, when your body’s natural air-conditioner — sweat evaporation — doesn’t work nearly as well. If the heat index (combination of temperature and humidity) is especially high, don’t risk exercising outside.
–Avoid hot and heavy meals.
(Source: Mayo Clinic, on the web at www.mayoclinic.com)