If you love to garden, summer weather may have you eager to run out into your backyard and start digging away. Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity, and grow some nutritious fruits and vegetables!
Be careful though, being outside in the heat can be a little dangerous for those who are heart patients, older than 50 or overweight. If you’re ready to activate your green thumb in the warmer weather, make sure to follow these safety tips.
- It’s best to avoid the outdoors in the early afternoon because the sun is usually at its strongest.
- Dress for the heat by wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Stay hydrated by drinking a few cups of water before, during, and after your gardening
- Take frequent breaks in the shade.
The arrival of summer means a lot of time spent outdoors, but the temperature rise can make things a bit challenging. It’s easy to become overheated when the sun is beaming down. Always listen to your body and stay aware of heat-related conditions.
Some heat exhaustion symptoms include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Cool, moist skin
- Dark urine
- Nausea and vomiting
Check with your healthcare professional before starting an exercise routine or moving your workout outdoors if you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, other chronic disease or any medical concerns. Certain medications like beta blockers, ace receptor blockers, ace inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics can exaggerate the body’s response to heat.
If you’re looking for recipes to make with the veggies you grow, please visit heart.org/recipes!