Exercise Safety Tips for Summer from Buckhead Personal Injury Attorneys

As the warm weather rolls into Atlanta neighborhoods and parks all around the metro area begin to fill with folks of all ages. After a long winter, it’s understandable that you would to want to get outside and get some exercise. However, outdoor exercise, particularly as temperatures in Atlanta quickly soar upward, is not without risk. So, it’s important that you take precautions to protect yourself from injuries.

The personal injury attorneys of Hinton & Powell are here to fight for your rights if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence. We also care about the people of the Buckhead and Metro Atlanta community we serve and hope to help keep you safe and prevent injuries as the weather warms up with these exercise tips for summer.

Avoid the Heat as Much as Possible

Summer weather brings lots of opportunity to get outside and get some exercise by walking, running, biking or swimming. After a long fall and winter of cool temps you likely want to spend as much time outside as possible.

However, it’s important to plan your outdoor exercise during the cooler parts of the day. Exercising in the heat of the day increases your risk of sunburn, dehydration, and heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Make Sure You Hydrate

When temperatures soar, it is even more important than usual to make sure you’re hydrated. Be sure to drink a few extra glasses of water before you head outside to exercise and be sure to carry water with you. Any store that sells sports equipment should have a good selection of water bottles. Be sure to pick one that you like and can easily take with you on your walk, run or bike ride.

Signs of Heat Stroke

If you’ll be exercising outside this summer, even if you prepare well, it’s important to know the signs of heat stroke. Some common symptoms include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dry skin and the absence of sweating
  • Feeling disoriented
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cramping or muscle weakness

Make Sure to Follow the Rules of the Road if You Walk, Run or Bike

If you plan to get some miles in this summer, either walking, running, or biking, it’s very important that you follow the rules of the road and take every precaution to protect yourself from a motor vehicle related accident. Some basic rules and safety precautions include:

  • If you are walking or running you should position yourself on the left side of the road or against traffic
  • If you are riding a bike you should go with traffic or position yourself on the right-hand side of the year
  • Wear all necessary safety gear
  • Know how to use hand signals for stopping or turning while riding your bike and use them appropriately

Indoor Exercise Injuries at the Gym

It’s definitely tempting to get outside to exercise as the weather gets warmer but we all know the summer temperatures in Atlanta can sometimes get overwhelming. Exercising indoors at a gym eliminates your risk of heat stroke and other heat related injuries but it is not without risk. You still need to take care to utilize proper form to avoid muscle pulls and strains and make sure to use the gym equipment properly.

If you do sustain an injury while at the gym that you believe is due to their negligence, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately.

Contact Buckhead Personal Injury Attorneys

If you are injured while exercising this summer and believe your injury was caused by the negligence or intent of someone else, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hinton & Powell. We can be reached at 404-365-7077 or by completing our simple online contact form.