The Heat Is On! And so are new exercise options!
Globe News Wire reported that “Heat-related deaths occur more frequently among adults aged 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what can older adults do when they want to continue exercising on hot summer days? Head indoors…(where) there are plenty of indoor exercise options.”
Some Indoor Exercise Ideas from Silver & Fit are:
- Walk in an indoor mall
- Take a class at a local gym
- Use a treadmill
- Watch an exercise video at home
- Dance to music in your living room
- Walk up and down the stairs to music
- Swim at a fitness or recreation center
Don’t Exercise Outdoors During the Summer
“‘Exercising outdoors during the summer months can make you susceptible to heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke,’ said Jaynie Bjornaraa, PhD, MPH, PT, vice president of physical therapy services for American Specialty Health, which provides the Silver&Fit program. ‘This is especially true as you age. But, you can avoid heat-related illnesses by exercising in cool, indoor areas or exercising in the early morning or evening when it’s not so hot.'”
“‘If you do become too warm when you’re exercising, pay particular attention to these warning signs that you are overheated:
Symptoms of Heat Stroke (This is a medical emergency. Call 911 and move the person to a cooler spot. Cool the body with wet towels. Do not give fluids.)
- High body temperature (above 103°F)*
- Hot, red, dry or moist skin
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Possible unconsciousness
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion (Move the person to a cooler location, lie the person down and apply cool, wet towels to the body. Give water. Seek medical attention if vomiting occurs.)
- Heavy sweating
- Cold, pale, and clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Nausea or vomiting
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Here’s to healthy exercise!