When the weather finally warms up, there’s no better feeling than ditching your treadmill for the great outdoors. But once the summer heat reaches sweltering temps, taking your workout beyond the gym can pose some risks.
About 618 people die from complications related to extreme heat each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The two are similar, but have some key differences. Heat exhaustion comes down to a couple of factors: exposure to uncomfortably high temperatures over several days and a lack of fluids. This can lead to lots of sweating, rapid breathing, and a fast but weak pulse, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Excerpted from Prevention