Colder weather brings safety reminders during exercise

Colder weather brings safety reminders during exercise
Dr. Anthony Burke, TRHS cardiologist (Source: WALB)
Dr. Anthony Burke, TRHS cardiologist (Source: WALB)
Woman walks on treadmill at TRMC (Source: WALB)
Woman walks on treadmill at TRMC (Source: WALB)

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - As the temperatures start to dip, you could feel a shortness of breath during exercise.

That's not unusual this time of year.

Anthony Burke, Tift Regional Health System Cardiologist, said exercise in colder temperatures can affect blood flow to the heart.

As blood vessels constrict more easily, it causes your workout or just daily outdoor routine to become more challenging.

Burke said the best way to prepare if you are exercising in the cold is to make sure you are properly dressed.

"Listen to their own body and hear what it's telling them," explained Burke, "If they experience a new onset of types of symptoms: discomfort in their chest, shortness of breath, palpitations, a change in their exercise tolerance, that's a reason to seek medical care."

Burke recommends preventing any of these symptoms from happening by exercising indoors at a gym or mall, and lead a healthy lifestyle.

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