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Protecting against heat exhaustion

Be careful during hot days this summer.
Be careful during hot days this summer.

Temperatures hit 95 degrees in the Detroit area last week and it’s more important than ever to know how to stay safe in the extreme heat. When you’re outdoors in high temperatures, the dangers of heat exhaustion and even heat stroke are very real whether you’re working out, taking a walk or just playing with your children.

Learn to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion. They are:

  • heavy sweating

  • paleness

  • muscle cramps

  • dizziness

  • headache

  • nausea or vomiting

  • tiredness

  • weakness

  • fainting

If heat exhaustion isn’t treated it can lead to heat stroke, which is a medical emergency. Treatment for heat exhaustion includes these cooling measures:

  • cool, non-alcoholic beverages

  • rest

  • cool shower, bath, or sponge bath

  • an air-conditioned environment

  • Lightweight clothing

It's possible to continue your fitness routine in extreme temperatures with just a few adjustments. Make sure to drink more water since you'll be sweating more. If you must exercise outdoors, go early! Avoid exercising outdoors during hottest time of day, between 11 and 4. Remember that even late morning workouts can get hot and dangerous in 90 degree heat. Now is also a good time to see if any gyms in the area are offering free or discounted trial/temporary memberships. That way you can work out any time of the day while keeping cool indoors.


  • DetroitKayaking 5 years ago

    If you go kayaking, you'll burn calories, and have the all the water you could possibly want to splash and stay cool.
    Check out the Recreation tab on the Detroit Examiner

  • Tracey D. 5 years ago

    Nice story--thanks for the advice!

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