NEW YORK, June 2 (UPI) -- Hot weather exercise can lead to dehydration, exhaustion and even a cardiac event, a U.S. physician cautions.
Dr. Holly Andersen, director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, does not advise giving up exercise in the summer, but suggests doing it safely.
"Exercise is the fountain of youth and summer is the perfect time to re-connect with your body," Anderson says in a statement.
However, before summer exercise gets hot and heavy, Andersen's recommendations include:
-- Consulting a physician about a planned exercise regimen.
-- Exercising in a cool, air-conditioned indoor space or taking advantage of cooler, early morning and evening hours.
-- Warming up the muscles, even in the summer, by stretching first. Also, think about breathing and posture.
-- Drinking plenty of water, even before feeling thirsty. Endurance athletes, those prone to lightheadedness or those age 75 and older should replenish electrolytes.
-- Maintaining an even body temperature. Extreme hot or cold showers, or a sauna can increase the workload on the heart.
-- Pacing yourself. Include time for breaks.