Beat the Heat

With summer in full swing, Florida continues to live up to its name as the Sunshine State. July’s consistent blistering heat reminds us to take extra precaution while in the sun. Whether swimming, biking, or running, South Florida’s summer heat and humidity can be potentially dangerous if you're not careful. Here are a few simple and effective tips to help keep cool and safe during strenuous summer workouts.


Stay Hydrated. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Your body uses water to help regulate its temperature and maintain bodily functions. When you engage in vigorous exercise and sweat, your body loses these fluids. Be sure to replenish your electrolytes and drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after physical activity.

Time of Day. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times for outdoor workouts. Even with minimal sun, try to stay on shaded paths or areas. Avoid exercising during the midday altogether, this is the hottest part of the day.

Dress the Part. Wear loose lightweight, light-colored clothing. Lighter colors help reflect heat, keeping you cool. Also, choose a cotton blended fabric, they are more breathable and absorbent.

Apply Sunscreen. The summer sun can hit hard, even when it looks cloudy. Use an SPF of 30 or above and reapply every hour or so. Without sun screen protecting your skin from burning, you increase your risk for skin cancer and melanoma.

Listen to your Body. If you feel dizzy, faint, or nauseated, stop immediately. Take a break to allow your blood to circulate through the body, you may be overexerting yourself. Hydrate with water, electrolytes, and a bit of sugar. If symptoms do not subside, seek medical attention.

Written by: Ashley Perez

Edited by: Andrew Low