Summer Fitness Safety

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  • By Staff Sgt. Matt Davis
  • Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs
Summer is one of the best times of the year for Airmen and their families to be active, but precautions can be essential to having a safe season.

"During hot-weather exercise, watch for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness," said Jamison Kesselring, Air Force District of Washington ground safety manager. "If you ignore these symptoms, your condition can worsen, resulting in a medical emergency."

One thing to consider is safety while going out to have fun. Sometimes that starts with just being physically fit to perform activities in the heat. Whether you're hiking your favorite trail or spending time at the beach, preparation for these activities can help you enjoy your time being outside.

"Most people tend to increase their activities during the warmer months and staying fit better prepares you for new activities," said Tech Sgt. Terrance Thomas, Air Force District of Washington physical training leader. "Exercise improves endurance/energy levels, increases range of motion and improves confidence, all beneficial when participating in summer activities."

According to the Air Force Safety Center, following these additional tips can also help prevent injuries:
· Exercise Regularly
· Drink plenty of water (avoid sports drinks)
· Progress Gradually
· Always warm up/cool down
· Take Breaks
· Wear the right gear
· Use the proper technique
· Play safe. Follow the rules
· Stop the activity if there is pain
· Wear all personal protective equipment
· Be prepared for the activity
· Know when to rest or stop
· Gradually increase Time and Intensity
· Listen to your body

Warmer weather can be a great opportunity to enjoy being outside. With the right preparations, you can keep yourself safe while being active in the heat.

For additional information on summer fitness safety, please visit the Air Force Safety Center at and consult your unit physical training leader.