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Stay Safe While Exercising in the Summer Heat

Summertime is the perfect time to go outside and have fun. There are so many outdoor activities to choose from, whether you’re swimming, running, or riding your bike. The issue with summer is the increase in temperature, which can be a problem if you’re not careful, especially if you’re living in or visiting areas with extreme heat and humidity. One of the biggest problems people have with being active in the summer hear is staying well-hydrated and maintaining their body’s electrolytes and salt levels. You need to remember that when you sweat, your body loses not only water but also lose electrolytes and salt. Maintaining this crucial balance of water and electrolytes helps keep your body functioning properly.

One way to know that you’re not drinking enough water is you’ll generally suffer from light-headedness and nausea. If you don’t recognize that you are dehydrated, it can even result in kidney failure and or, in some extreme cases, death. While drinking water can help prevent this, if you drink a lot of it without replenishing your electrolytes, you can experience hyponatremia, when your blood doesn’t have a high enough level of sodium. This can lead to confusion, nausea, muscle cramps, and seizures. In some extreme cases, it can even result in death. Of course, this isn’t meant to freak you out, just to inform you of what could happen when you neglect your health. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while exercising outside this summer:

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