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Staying cool and healthy becomes a top priority as we enter the summer season. Rising temperatures can make it tempting to forgo regular routines and activities, but it’s essential to maintain physical therapy appointments and exercises even in the heat. Not doing so could lead to setbacks in recovery.

Here are a few tips to help you stay cool and healthy during the summer while still keeping up with your physical therapy routine:

1. Hydration is Key: In the summer heat, staying hydrated is crucial. Please make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your physical therapy sessions. Dehydration can hinder your progress, so be sure to keep a water bottle handy at all times.

2. Dress for Comfort: Wear lightweight, breathable clothing such as loose-fitting cotton or moisture-wicking fabrics like polyester or nylon for physical therapy appointments. This will help you stay cool and comfortable during your sessions.

3. Time Your Exercise: Schedule your physical therapy exercises in the early morning or evening to avoid the day’s peak heat.

4. Stay Cool After Your Sessions: Take some time to cool down after your physical therapy appointments. This could involve sitting and using a cold pack on any sore areas.

5. Stay Committed: It can be tempting to skip physical therapy appointments or slack on your exercises during the summer months. However, staying committed to your PT routine is vital for your recovery and overall well-being. Consistency is key, so remember the importance of your physical therapy in helping you reach your goals.

The summer heat can be challenging, but by following these tips, you can stay cool and healthy while continuing to prioritize your physical therapy appointments and exercises. If you have concerns about staying safe and healthy during the summer, don’t hesitate to talk to your physical therapist. We are here to support you in every season.