Wellness Blog: Keeping Cool in Hot Weather

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When exercising the body works to cool itself down via perspiration (sweat). However when exercising in a hot and humid environment our body’s natural way of cooling itself (perspiration) doesn’t always work to the same effect that it does in cooler environments. The heat places added stress onto the body when exercising. By doing so the body sends more blood to the skin to circulate, causing the working muscles to get less blood flow, which in turn will increase heart rate and also body temperature.

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                                     Symptoms of Heat Related Illness

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                                        - Muscle Cramps  

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                 -Nausea or Vomiting

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                          -Weakness

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                                 -Fatigue

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                                 -Headache

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                         -Sweating extensively

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                  -Dizziness or Lightheadedness

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                                 -Confusion

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                                 -Irritability

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                                                          -Low Blood Pressure

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-Increased Heart Rate

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-Visual Problems

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Examples of Heat Related Illnesses

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Heat Cramps:

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Painful muscle contractions, the muscles can feel firm to the touch

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Heat Syncope:

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Lightheadedness due to high temperatures

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Heat Exhaustion:

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Body temperature can reach 104°F. May feel nausea, clammy skin, headache, and weakness

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Heatstroke:

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Can be a life threatening emergency situation that occurs when body temperature goes above 104°F. The skin can be hot

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Tips for Exercise in the Heat

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Be aware of the temperature

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Become acclimated with the environment

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Know your own fitness abilities

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Stay hydrated

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Know your medical risks

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Resource: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048167

2015-09-03T13:39:21+00:00 Uncategorized|