Exercise Smarter, Not Harder

August 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Use these tips to learn how to protect your heart when working out.

  • Get off on the right foot. You probably sweat the most in your shoes, so choose well-ventilated shoes and look for socks that repel perspiration. Foot powders and antiperspirants can also help.
  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics such as cotton, or a fabric that repels sweat. Add a hat and/or sunglasses.
  • Drink up. Before you get started, apply a water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15, and reapply it every two hours. As always, stay hydrated and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
  • Take regular breaks. Find some shade or a cool place, stop for a few minutes, hydrate and start again.

Source: American Heart Association

Entry filed under: Exercise, Managing your health, To Your Health.

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