Active Adults Get Their Steps In (When It’s Too Hot To Walk)

Posted: June, 24, 2022 | Categories: Uncategorized

Stay cool while exercising with your neighbors.

 

Tuesday was the “longest day of the year” - in terms of daylight hours, anyway – marking the official First Day of Summer. But the heat certainly didn’t wait for the calendar before reminding us how toasty Georgia can be.

With temperatures soaring into the 90s (and “real feel” temperatures climbing into the low-100s), achieving our workout step counts, or simply enjoying a stroll around the neighborhood (Sunday was World Sauntering Day, after all!), might seem impossible.

 

Rather than give up altogether, follow these tips to safely saunter or stroll this summer:

  • drink 4-8 ounces of water (or a non-caffeinated beverage) every 15 minutes during your workout
  • schedule your workout for early in the morning, before the heat of the day reaches its peak; or in the evening, when the heat and humidity have loosened their grip
  • wear clothing appropriate for the heat, such as shirts and shorts made of moisture-wicking fabric, and apparel in lighter colors, which reflect rather than hold heat
  • try to walk in the shade whenever possible
  • move your walk to a mall or other large indoor, climate-controlled location
  • walk slowly, and for a shorter distance, to avoid overheating

 

Know the warning signs of heat-related illness:

  • sweating more heavily than normal
  • muscle cramps
  • headache and/or dizziness
  • nausea/vomiting
  • pale skin
  • feeling weak or tired

 

If you experience any of these symptoms, get out of the sun/heat as soon as possible. Elevate your feet to avoid or reduce swelling. Sit by a fan and drink water. Seek shelter indoors, in a climate-controlled environment.

If you feel dizzy or confused, seek medical attention or call 911.

Every Windsong community features wide sidewalks to encourage outdoor activity. Some communities include walking trails, or are located near trails or parks – many of which are shaded. And the best part is, neighbors who become friends make wonderful walking partners!

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