Many people enjoy taking advantage of summer’s warm temperatures by exercising outdoors. However, exercising in the heat increases the risk of heat illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat cramps are muscle spasms caused by being overly hot, heat exhaustion is dehydration as a result of excessive sweating, and heat stroke—the most serious heat illness—occurs when the body can no longer maintain a normal temperature and extreme symptoms occur. Take preventative actions to reduce your risk of heat illness before exercising outside.
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