Record Heat! How to Prepare Your Body
Jul 07, 2021
Now that the summer temperatures are on the rise, we need to be extra careful while exercising outside. Your body has multiple ways of cooling you off in heat, including sweating and the dilation of blood vessels, but as the temperatures become too hot and humid, the body starts to fail in the cooling process. In order to get prepared for the heat, there are a few things you can do:
- Drink fluids!
- Be aware of how much your body can handle physically.
- Try to be out in the mornings or evenings.
- Dress appropriately! Lightweight clothing is best
- Pay attention to the temperature before you head outside.
While working out in the heat, there are a few things to look out for that could clue you in on a potential heat-related illness, including: heat cramps, nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, and headaches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, the best plan is to get out of the sun and the heat and lower your body temperature through drinking fluids, putting cold towels on the body, or taking a cold shower or ice bath. If you are not feeling better after attempting to cool down and your temperature is remaining over 104 degrees Fahrenheit, you should seek medical treatment. We want you to stay active and enjoy the outdoors, but always be safe!