Beat the heat! Stay safe and healthy this holiday weekend

September 1, 2017

We had the Best. Summer. EVER!  Now it’s Labor Day Weekend and your YMCA has a lot to tell you to make sure your holiday is the safest, healthiest and most fun weekend of your summer.

Make sure to check out our holiday hours for this weekend, to ensure your YMCA is a part of your weekend fun.  The Salinas YMCA also has special group exercise offerings on Monday too!

If you’re in South County, our YMCA in Soledad has become an official “cooling center” in response to the triple-digit temperatures this weekend.  Learn more from our friends at KSBW and the Monterey Herald.

group of kids playing on inflatable water structure on sunny day

Enjoying outdoor fun and adventure this weekend?  The Mayo Clinic has the following tips to keep you safe during this heat:

“When you exercise in hot weather, keep these precautions in mind:

  • Watch the temperature. Pay attention to weather forecasts and heat alerts. Know what the temperature is expected to be for the duration of your planned outdoor activity. In running events, there are “flag” warnings that correspond to the degree of heat and humidity. For example, a yellow flag requires careful monitoring, and races are canceled in black flag conditions.
  • Get acclimated. If you’re used to exercising indoors or in cooler weather, take it easy at first when you exercise in the heat. It can take at least one to two weeks to adapt to the heat. As your body adapts to the heat over time, gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts.
  • Know your fitness level. If you’re unfit or new to exercise, be extra cautious when working out in the heat. Your body may have a lower tolerance to the heat. Reduce your exercise intensity and take frequent breaks.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration is a key factor in heat illness. Help your body sweat and cool down by staying well-hydrated with water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink fluids.  If you plan to exercise intensely, consider a sports drink instead of water. Sports drinks can replace the sodium, chloride, and potassium you lose through sweating. Avoid alcoholic drinks because they can actually promote fluid loss.
  • Dress appropriately. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing helps sweat evaporate and keeps you cooler. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat. If possible, wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid midday sun. Exercise in the morning or evening, when it’s likely to be cooler outdoors. If possible, exercise in shady areas, or do a water workout in a pool.
  • Wear sunscreen. A sunburn decreases your body’s ability to cool itself and increases the risk of skin cancer.
  • Have a backup plan. If you’re concerned about the heat or humidity, stay indoors. Work out at the gym, walk laps inside the mall or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building.
  • Understand your medical risks. Certain medical conditions or medications can increase your risk of a heat-related illness. If you plan to exercise in the heat, talk to your doctor about precautions.”

Stop by your Central Coast YMCAs this weekend to celebrate the end of another Best. Summer. EVER!  We look forward to achieving more goals and making more memories with you this fall.