Summertime is a great season to finally do all those outdoor activities you’ve been waiting all year for.  Hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and mountain climbing are all popular during Summer, and it’s a great time to exercise, but it’s also very important to stay safe during these higher temperatures.  Not being prepared for hot weather can have adverse effects on you, especially your heart.  Here are some things to consider before prolonging yourself to hot weather:

    1. The most critical thing you can do to support your body when the heat is on is stay hydrated.  This really can’t be stressed enough.  Since so much sweating occurs to keep your body cool, it is necessary to constantly consume water to replenish any water that has been lost.  Also make sure you drink a good amount of water before you even leave the house.
    2. Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing.  Loose fitting clothing gives air the ability to pass through, keeping you cooler.  Light colored clothing doesn’t absorb sunlight as well as darker colors, further providing comfort to you while outdoors.
    3. Even if you follow these 2 very important tips, you still may have conditions that are worsened by high temperatures regardless of hydration and proper outdoor attire.  If you have any heart conditions, try to go outside during times of the day when temperatures aren’t peaking.  These times are typically early in the morning and later in the afternoon.

    Remember, keeping yourself safe during the hot months of Summer will help you and your heart!  To learn more about what Medicomp does for people all over the world, such as proving cardiac monitoring, holter heart monitors, and event monitoring to assist with heart problems, call us at 1-800-23-HEART.