Beat the heat
WARM, sunny days are perfect for heading outdoors and having fun.
But, with extreme heat sure to hit Queensland this summer, it’s time to start considering how you will get active safely and consistently.
Exercising in hot or humid conditions can put extra stress on your body and lead to dehydration and heat illness.
While Queenslanders need to exercise regularly to stay healthy – 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity or 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day is recommended – they should take certain precautions when exercising in the hotter months and be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.
Here are four tips to help you sweat it out safely: One, acclimatise. Start with short, low-intensity workouts and increase them gradually over two weeks or more. Two, hydrate. Ensure you keep up your water intake all through the day and have a refillable bottle of water on hand. Three, be sun-ready. Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing will all help minimise the risk of the sun’s UV radiation.
Four, plan your training times.
Change your outdoor sessions to avoid the hottest parts of the day (10am-3pm) and instead exercise in the early morning or late afternoon. — Chris McMillan CEO, Cancer Council Queensland
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