Physical activity is a cornerstone of good health, boosting mood, activity
levels, and general wellness. However, outdoor activities in the hot conditions
of the desert climate can physically tax the body without proper precautions,
leading to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke. Las Vegas
healthcare providers typically see an increase in
emergency care visits due to heat-related illnesses during the summer—keep reading to
find out how you can avoid these situations and keep your cool while staying
fit this year.
Acclimate to the Heat
Even moderate levels of activity on a hot day can quickly lead to dehydration
and heat-related illness. However, did you know that you can actually
train your body to function more efficiently in hot, dry conditions? You
can acclimate your body to working out over the summer by starting out
with short, 10-20-minute workouts at the beginning of the season and working
your way up to longer workouts by adding a few minutes to your outdoor
routine each day. For the best results, make sure to carry water with
you and take a drink whenever you start to feel thirsty, rather than putting
off hydration until the end of your workout.
Cool Your Core
Cooling your body from the inside out is one of the most effective ways
to regulate your temperature and improve your workout in hot conditions.
To cool your core, drink ice water or chew on ice during your workout.
Placing your water bottle in the freezer for a short while can quickly
cool the water and keep it cold throughout your exercise routine. When
you’re through, drinking a healthy smoothie as a
post-workout snack can boost energy levels while simultaneously reducing body temperature.
At Southern Hills Hospital, our hospital and emergency care center in Las
Vegas are committed to delivering high-quality healthcare in a comfortable
and modern setting. You can find out more about our emergency care services,
InformER text service, on our website; you can also reach a registered nurse for more healthcare
information by phone at (702) 880-2700.