The Summer Heat Can Cause Health Problems

Sunday, July 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

As summer gets into full swing, many people head outdoors to soak up the sun.

Exercising in the heat can be dangerous.

The National Athletic Trainer's Association recommends drinking a sports drink, like Gatorade or All Sport to ward off dehydration.

Most people can get used to the heat if they take their workout outside a little bit at a time.

"Acclimate yourself to the heat, don't push yourself too hard, slow down a little bit, know your limitations and drink lots and lots of water... that's the most important thing, before during and after," says Keri East, St. John’s Siegfried Health Club.

Dehydration is just the first problem. The heat can also cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Dizziness, flushing and passing out are symptoms of heat stroke. If it happens to someone around you they need to be taken to the hospital immediately.

Any time the heat index climbs to around 100 degrees... exercise inside but still take precautions and drink lots of water before you get thirsty.