A bright day motivates people to step outdoors and work out but exercising in the UAE’s summer can prove to be risky due to heat exhaustion – a common issue seen especially among athletes.

‘High outdoor temperatures can cause illnesses such as heat exhaustion resulting in nausea, dizziness and fatigue due to the loss of water and minerals in the body,’ says Dr Ruchika Mukherjee, of Cigna Global Wellbeing Solutions, Dubai. She recommends following some precautions when exercising in summers. Exercising in the heat demands more energy than when exercising in cooler weather, thereby causing tiredness and fatigue much faster. ‘Higher temperatures can cause increased sweating, potentially leading to dehydration. Severe dehydration leads to heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. A good rule of thumb is to hold off on exercise if the temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit (or higher) and the humidity is at 80 per cent.’

Stay hydrated, no matter what type of exercise you choose. Drinking plenty of water and electrolytes is vital, she says.