This article is a re-post from last June. Though I believe it’s been a little milder this summer, most of the state has had a string of continuous heat for the last couple of weeks. Here are some reminders of how to stay safe, especially when exercising in the heat.

Montana Moves

Dilemmas, dilemmas. On the one hand it’s summer in Montana and the outdoors are calling. On the other hand, we’re in the midst of a record-breaking heatwave with no relief in site. It’s in times like these when it becomes important to review safety tips for exercising outside in the heat. Here are a few tips:

  1. Adjust your schedule. Try to avoid the afternoon sun and heat. In Montana, we have the advantage of lower humidity, and relatively cool mornings and evenings. Start the hike early, or if you can, save the run, walk, or bike till dusk—the sun still sets after 9pm, so there’s plenty of time to do a night session. Midday your only option? Head to a gym for a cool indoor workout.
  2. Hydrate! The most important preventative measure to avoid heat related illness is to stay hydrated.  Proper hydration means consistent fluid intake throughout your…

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