The summer is a great time for physical activity - be it playing a
    sport, an aerobic exercise routine, or just returning to that old
    jogging path.

    "Exercise is the fountain of youth and summer is the perfect time to re-connect with your body,"
    says Dr. Holly Andersen, director of education and outreach at the
    Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at New York-Presbyterian
    Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

    According to Dr. Andersen, the following tips may help make your summer physical activity a more successful one:

    • Have a chat with your doctor before beginning or changing an exercise regimen.

    • When it gets too hot, do it indoors; exercise in a cool place that
      has air-conditioning. Extreme temperatures can alter the body's
      circulation, raise your heart rate, and make breathing harder.

    • Remember to stretch. Even in the summertime, our bodies need to
      warm up. As you are exercising, take time to work on breathing and
      posture -- improving these will greatly enhance your health.

    • Drink plenty of fluids. Throughout your workout routine it is
      important to drink plenty of water, even before you feel thirsty. If
      you are prone to lightheadedness (from low blood pressure), are an
      endurance athlete, or over age 75, you should replenish your
      "electrolytes" as well -- having a little salt can be important for

    • Try maintaining an even body temperature. After your workout do not
      take extremely hot or cold shower, or a sauna, as these can increase
      the workload on your heart.

    • Remember that during the hottest weeks of the summer the coolest
      times to exercise during the daytime are either very early in the
      morning or late in the afternoon.

    • Apply sunscreen. Your body's ability to cool itself will be
      undermined if you have sunburn. Always remember to apply sunscreen to
      your entire body every morning.

    • Take it slow. Start your exercise regimen slowly and pace yourself
      throughout the workout, including plenty of time for breaks and to
      drink fluids.

    • Have fun. Taking time to exercise is taking time for you. Enjoy it
      -- smile, breathe deeply and clear your mind. Exercising to music is
      mood and energy enhancing, but if you are outside wearing headphones,
      Pay Attention!

    News release derived from

    Original Source: New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.


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