Heat safety: Exercising outdoors in the summer months

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Cenla is already heating up! With heat levels already becoming dangerous, it's time to think about your outdoor exercise routine.

When you plan to exercise in the heat and humidity, it's best to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. First, check the weather! If you can avoid the hotter parts of the day, try to do your workout during the early morning or in the evening.

Here are a few more tips to stay safe in the heat: know your fitness level (don't overdo it!), drink plenty of fluids, dress appropriately for the weather, wear sunscreen and even have a backup plan in case your body is not acclimating to the temperature.

You'll also want to pay attention to your body and know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat exhaustion can present itself as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache, sweating or cold skin. You may even experience fainting. It's important to cool off immediately, preferably, getting indoors.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency. Your body temperature is over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion but you may also experience heart rhythm issues, vision problems and vomiting. Seek immediate medical attention, as heatstroke can be fatal.

Remember to keep watching KALB for dangerous heat warnings and do your best to stay cool during the summer months in Louisiana.

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