Now that summer has arrived, we are all looking to relax, enjoy the outdoors, and feel our best. Although it’s warm all year round in Florida, the heat is certainly turned up during this time of year. In order to maintain a strong well-being, it’s important to be aware of how to keep your heart healthy in the summer.
Keep Your Heart Healthy in the Summer
Heart health should always be prioritized, no matter the season; however, with the changes of each season comes differences in how to stay healthy. At Pulse HVV Institute, one of our primary services is being a resource for general cardiology. Here are five ways to keep your heart healthy this summer. These are simple steps or lifestyle swaps to easily incorporate into your daily routine.
1. Staying Hydrated
Staying hydrated can make a big difference in your health this summer, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time outside. A hydrated heart allows for your heart to work more efficiently. Each day your heart is pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body. The more hydrated you are, the easier the heart can pump blood; therefore, increasing the effectiveness of your heart, mind, and muscles as well.
One method of keeping tabs on your hydration levels is tracking the amount of water you’re drinking. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommends about 125 oz for men and 91 oz for women each day. Another way to monitor how hydrated you are is by observing the color of your urine. A hydrated person will have clear, or light, pale yellow urine. On the contrary, if the urine is a darker yellow, it reflects dehydration.
2. Reduce Caffeine and Alcohol Intake
As mentioned above, hydration is essential to a healthy heart in the summer. Because caffeine and alcohol naturally dehydrate your body, it’s important to be aware of what you’re drinking and regulate your intake. During the summer, there are lots of celebrations that occur outdoors. If you drink alcohol, getting your water in is also imperative. Being dehydrated can weaken the heart’s ability to pump efficiently and consequently cause one to feel faint or weary.
3. Avoid Exercise During Peak Sun Hours
Peak sun hours are from 10 AM to 4 PM each day. Exercising outdoors during these hours can be dangerous, especially if you are not properly hydrated. Strong heat exposure combined with intense activity can lead to heat exhaustion, feeling light-headed, or potentially fainting. If you continue with outdoor exercise during the summer, make sure to do so early in the morning or later in the evening.
There are many ways to avoid the heat while you exercise in the summer. You can join an indoor gym or buy at-home equipment to keep inside. Also, swimming is an excellent form of exercise that will certainly keep you cool and refreshed during the hotter months.
4. Dress For The Warm Weather
Your clothing can make a difference in keeping your heart healthy in the summer. It may seem obvious to avoid bulkier clothing items in the heat, but it’s important to pay attention to the fabrics and colors of what you wear too. We suggest lightweight fabrics, such as cotton or linen, and steering clear of darker colors, primarily black. Black is known to attract the sun, which can make you hotter and raise your internal body temperature.
5. Heart-healthy Summer Foods
The foods you eat directly affect your heart health and risk of cardiovascular disease. Fruits and vegetables provide many benefits to a healthy heart. Therefore, the summer is a perfect time to take advantage of these fresh foods. To learn more, here are five summer foods we recommend for heart health.
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These five tips will lead you to stronger cardiovascular health during the warmer months. Focus on heart-healthy foods, staying hydrated, and avoiding extreme heat to keep your heart healthy in the summer.