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Exercising in the Summer - Tips from a San Francisco Sports Medicine Doctor

Even though warm weather is something that most of us wish for all year long so that we can get active and stay in shape, it’s wise to practice certain safety tips when exercising. By doing so, you will be able to stay cool and avert any problems in regards to heat, particularly heat exhaustion.

Tips from a San Francisco Sports Medicine Doctor

  • Talk to your doctor

If you are somewhat new to keeping fit or are taking any kind of medication, it’s best that you talk to your doctor before exercising in the heat to see if you could be negatively affected in any way.

  • Protect your skin

You can protect your skin using sunscreen to prevent sunburn when exercising on a hot or cloudy day. It’s also advised that you use an oil-free formula and sweat-proof brand which allow your body to cool down properly as well as prevent the product from irritating your eyes.

  • Stay hydrated

When exercising during the hot season, it’s essential that you adequately hydrate your body before, during, and after your workout. To further your cause, a good San Francisco orthopedic surgeon will tell you to switch to sports drinks that contain electrolytes, especially if you plan to be exercising more than an hour.

  • Timing

Usually, humidity, sun, and pollution are at their highest levels during the day, which means you stand a higher chance of getting sunburn, dehydration, or heat exhaustion if you chose to exercise during this period. As a result, it’s recommended that you work out early in the morning, either before 10 a.m. or around 7 p.m. in the evening in order to reduce the effects of the weather.

  • Clothing

A good Bay Area sports medicine doctor will tell you to wear synthetic fiber attire when exercising during the summer season.

  • Keep an eye out for air quality

Before heading out for your workout, it’s a good idea to look for any weather updates, either via your local radio station or online. In case you discover there will be extreme heat levels and high smog, you should make plans to lower the intensity of your intended physical activity. During such weather, it’s best that you either exercise by walking or doing some relaxed cycling.

Are You Looking for a Great Surgeon in San Francisco?

When it comes to San Francisco sports medicine, both Dr. Jeffrey Halbrecht and Dr. Ephraim Dickinson are reputable and highly qualified San Francisco orthopedic surgeons who can diagnose and treat your sports injuries and get you back to the activities you love. If you need an appointment, call us today at 415-923-0944. 


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