Does weather matter?

Yes! Weather matters! Because your body reacts differently in different types of weather you are wise to consider the conditions in which you will be exercising. 

Exercising in hot weather puts extra strain on your body. It makes your body work harder to keep cool. In very hot conditions, sweating (your defense against heat) will not be enough to keep you safe and healthy, so you will need to take some precautions. 

Some tips to keep your body cool: 

  • Drink lots of water, and take breaks in the shade doing lunges or stretches. 
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, and loose fitting clothing 
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses
  • Exercise in cooler parts of the day, like in the morning or late afternoon
  • Don’t drink caffeine because it promotes fluid loss 

Some signs that you are overheating are fatigue, weakness, nausea, headache, and muscle cramps. These are signs that you may have heatstroke, also known as sunstroke, which is when the body has lost its ability to keep cool and maintain a healthy temperature.  Heatstroke can be fatal. You should see a doctor immediately if you think you (or a friend!) may have heatstroke. 

In cold weather, muscles are more prone to injuries because they are tight and less flexible. In these conditions, warming up is extra important.  

Some tips to keeping warm: 

  • Layer up! Wearing bulky clothes will help keep the warmth in
  • Double the time of your warm up and cool down
  • Drink lots of water because cold weather promotes fluid loss
  • Don’t forget sunscreen! It’s possible to get burnt even when it’s cold 

Cold related injuries and side effects are frostbite, shortness of breath, and hypothermia (a condition where your body is so cold that it can not function). Pay attention to how your body is feeling. If you feel too hot or too cold, you may need to stop and take shelter.

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