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5 Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illness

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Summer is upon us and everything gets hotter. Staying cool is key, and heat-related illness can become something to think about. There are three types of heat-related illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

Some signs and symptoms of heat-related illness to watch out for are different for the different types. However, some common signs are sweating, headache, dizziness, nausea, or fainting.

Here are some tips to stay cool during the summer and avoid heat-related illness!

  1. Stay Hydrated. As the weather gets hotter, you sweat more. Replace the fluids your body needs by drinking water or juice.
  2. Wear Light Clothing. Choose lightweight and light-colored clothing that is not restricting. This will keep you cooler in the hot sun.
  3. Schedule Outdoors Activities with the Weather in Mind. The afternoon is the hottest part of the day, so try to schedule your activities around this time frame. When outside, rest in the shade to stay cool.
  4. Pace Yourself. When performing activities in the sun, take breaks and don’t overdo it. If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness, find a cool, shady area and rest.
  5. Wear Sunscreen. Sunburn is another common form of heat-related illness that results from being in the sun. Wearing sunscreen can prevent painful, itchy skin when you’re in the sun too long.

Everyone likes when summer rolls around (especially in Michigan to balance out our winters), but it’s important to keep these tips in mind to stay safe in the heat!


Neil Sauer

Neil Sauer

Physical Therapist, Certified Health Coach and company owner Neil Sauer graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science. During that time he played four years of collegiate soccer. Neil earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2006. He has taken continuing education courses for Stanley Paris manual therapy techniques and a Gary Gray Functional Training course. He has also taken selective functional movement assessment courses with the North American Sports Medical Institute (NASMI). Neil’s treatment philosophy goes beyond reducing pain and restoring motion/mobility. He has a passion for health and wellness and for improving the quality of life of his clients, and works holistically with them to ensure their injuries do not reoccur and that his clients enjoy optimal functionality. He strives to help his patients live more active, mobile and healthy lives knowing that they don’t have to rely on pain medications, injections or surgery. In his personal life, he is married and has two sons. During spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, spending time outdoors and leading an active and healthy life. Neil also likes to read as much as possible when he finds/makes time. He primarily reads books on leadership, business and special forces. An avid exercise enthusiast, he continually works to improve his own health and wellness.
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