Walking Club 101: Exercise in the heat

Many of us are looking for ways to stay active while keeping a safe distance from others. For this reason, Sarah Phinney started a “Walking Club” to highlight some hidden and some less hidden trails and parks in Tampa Bay.

Many members of Sarah’s Walking Club struggle through the hot and humid weather to overcome the summer challenge!

But it’s important to be prepared, listen to your body, and know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

See the diagram below from the Centers for Disease Control.

“You really want to stop doing anything before it happens,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lester, Tampa General Medical Group-Sun City Clinic.

If you experience any symptoms, Dr. Lester to cool off in the shade or, if available, go to an air-conditioned room.

He says it’s also important to take layers off and wipe your face, arms, and legs with a cool or damp towel.

Make sure you drink water, vitamin water, or Gatorade.

Dr. Lester says Gatorade or Vitamin Water over water is recommended if you’re outside for more than half an hour and sweat a lot. You will only miss electrolytes with water.

He also suggests that you exercise extra caution when exercising outdoors if you have heart problems or are 75 years of age or older.

In the hot summer months it is a good idea to do sports early in the morning or later in the evening.

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Post photos of your adventures, ask questions, and learn about upcoming Walking Club stories on Sarah’s Walking Club group on Facebook!

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