When summer comes around, many adults give into the laid-back, “school’s out” kind of attitude, and your life may not seem as chaotic as normal. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get into a more heart healthy routine during the relaxing and stress-free season. Although many may be concerned with exercising during the summer, moderation and common sense can help keep you happy and healthy.
High temperatures and humidity affect the way our bodies cool after sweating; cooling becomes less effective. Replacing fluids is crucial whether you’re exercising or just relaxing out in the sun. It’s essential to keep hydrated because excess sweating can lead to loss of essential electrolytes that help maintain a normal heart rhythm. For those who are at risk of heart disease or already have a history of heart disease, this can cause strain on your heart.
Monitoring your heart is crucial if you decide to participate in outdoor summer activities, and those who are being treated for arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, and other heart conditions should stay indoors and continue to stay hydrated. Summer is the time to keep your stress levels low, and that includes stress on your heart. Remember these tips when exercising and keeping your heart healthy:
● Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day. The best times to exercise are in the evening and early morning.
● Know the symptoms of dehydration and heat stress. This can include nausea, dizziness, irregular heartbeats, and cramping. These symptoms can lead to heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
● Drink 8 to 12 ounces of water before any exercise, and drink 6 to 10 ounces for every 30 minutes of exercise. Feeling thirsty is a symptom of dehydration.
● Make sure you’re dressing appropriately while exercising. Lightweight and light colored fabrics are ideal.
It’s important to speak with your doctor before beginning an exercise routine. They may suggest that your wear a cardiac event monitor while exercising if you are at risk or have an underlying heart condition. At ReactDx, we specialize in heart monitoring solutions to help physicians make a quicker and more accurate diagnosis. Call us today at 1-800-23-HEART to learn more about mobile telemetry units, Holter tests, and other cardiac monitoring solutions.