Avoid Heat Exhaustion in Summer Workouts

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Happy August, Prehabbers!  This past July was in the top 5 hottest ever recorded for NYC, so it’s more important than ever to take safety into account when taking your workouts outside.

Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping yourself safe while you sweat:

  1. Run early or late.  This is almost always the first piece of advice given to beat the heat, and for good reason.  The coolest time of the day is typically at sunrise or just before.
  2. Hydrate before, during (if you can), and after your run.  Water is a must, but it’s just as important to replenish your electrolytes.  My personal favorite hydration tool is Nuun – low-or-no sugar tablets that dissolve in your water.
  3. Put a headband in the fridge a half hour before going out for a run – and better yet, leave one in there for when you get back!  I also like to take off my headbands during a race at the water station, dunk it in water, and squeeze it out over my head.  Buff headbands work great for this and offer UV protection!
  4. Take regular walk break intervals, and use those intervals to check in with yourself for signs of heat exhaustion.  If you have any doubt, cut your workout short!  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Learn more about the symptoms of heat exhaustion on our Prehab page here.  These steps should help you avoid it and keep you active outdoors all summer long!

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