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Thursday, July 5, 2012


With the excessive heat here in good ol' Kansas, it's difficult to want to get out to exercise.  It is nice that I am a part of a gym so I can work out there.  BUT if you must go outside to workout, please please please take great care!

Heat puts extra stress on the body.  The problem with exercise and air temp is that is raises the body's core temp. We sweat to cool the body down but if the humidity is high, sweat won't evaporate and the body won't cool and self-regulate properly.

Until I did some research, I wasn't completely aware of the heat-related illnesses.  Now that I know what to look for, I can take care of my body better.

Heat Cramps- painful muscle contractions in the calves, quadriceps and abs., body temp is normal but muscles feel firm.

Heat Exhaustion- Nausea, vomiting, headache, fainting, weakness, cold and clammy skin. All of these symptoms come from when your body heat rises as high as 104 F.  It can lead to heat stroke

Heatstroke- Life-threatening, occurs when you body temp is over 104 F.  Skin may be hot but you will not be sweating.  You may feel confused and irritable.  Call 911 immediately!

When out in the heat if you are having or see someone with the following signs, HYDRATE!  Water is the best but sports drinks are okay too.

Muscle Cramps
Nausea or Vomiting

If after 30 minutes call 911.  

If you insist on exercising outside follow these tips:
Watch the temperature
Get acclimated
Know your fitness level
Drink plenty of fluids
Dress appropriately
Avoid midday sun
Wear sunscreen
Have a backup plan
Know your medical conditions

Please be careful out there!  It's early summer and we've had extreme temps. and it will only get worse.

Take care out there!

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