Exercise and Heat – Be Careful!

sun-1314953__180When you’re active outdoors in hot, humid weather, be alert for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Although many of their symptoms are similar, heat stroke is the more serious condition. You want to maintain your fitness but not at the expense of your health!

Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature increases too much, causing stress on the body that may harm tissue.  The rise in temperature occurs when the heat produced during exercise exceeds the heat that leaves the body. Watch for dizziness, headache, nausea, confusion, body temperature above or below normal, muscle cramps and/or you stop sweating.mountain-bike-1073424__180

Avoid heat problems by drink water regularly throughout your activity, but don’t drink more than 3 cups of water per hour.

Let’s face it – jogging when the temperature is 90+ at noon with no water, is unhealthy – and I saw a couple doing just that last weekend. So, I thought it would be appropriate time to also share some valuable tips from our friends at the CDC. You can download their infographic HERE.

Heat Advice Be smart about exercising

in the heat.

 

Drink plenty of fluids

and

be sure to heed these

guidelines!

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This doesn’t just mean

outdoors:

watch your

indoor temperatures too.

Drink plenty of fluids

can’t be stressed

enough.

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Watch the temperature !
Without the AC running, your car may be hotter than you realize.
Even during the time it takes to go into a store for ‘just a minute’ can make your car extremely hot.
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Watch the heat index for your pet too.
Taking Fido for a jog may need to wait until the
temperature cools down a bit.

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Be Smart about sunscreen. I’ve seen people burn terribly on hazy days.Heat_DYK

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Author: Joan E Wilder

We provide information and motivation focused on the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

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    1. Hi Gary,
      Where can’t you log into? The site isn’t password protected, but for you to leave a comment, you would need to log into WordPress (to make sure it’s not spam). Did you login to leave this comment?

      Thanks for the feedback – I’ll check out a larger font! I hope you are going for your 4.5 mile walk tonight!

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