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When the Heat Is On, Go to the Next Level

By Tom Herrin

It is pretty easy to rock along with the mild weather.  That is when people can feel like they are on cruise control.  The temperatures are mild, and managing their activities is simple.  When they want to be active, all they have to do is get out there and go.  There is not very much prep required.  When the temperatures start to rise, the rules of the game change.  Getting out and being active takes some preparation and planning, or the risks can really outweigh the benefits.  If you are one of those who gets that outdoor fever when things heat up, good planning can insure health, safety, and a better experience.

Fish Aren’t the Only Ones that Need Water

The most critical element in preparing for hot weather is water.  People must drink plenty of it, and they can’t wait and start when they are thirsty.  In order to be properly hydrated, they must begin drinking water before they ever begin their activity.  After that, regular intervals of drinking can keep an adequate supply.  Water acts as the main cooling system in the body and won’t work if it gets too low.  Anytime people cease to sweat in the heat, it is the sign of a serious problem.  Activity must stop and fluid replacement has to take place until sweating begins.  Alcohol must be avoided, and caffeinated drinks should be limited.  Even sports drinks, which can be a very good supplement, should be considered supplementary; the main source of fluids has to be water.

Develop Good Judgment for Sun Exposure

It is far better to plan activities in the sun early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  Even afternoons require some careful thought in more humid climates.  Activities during the middle of the day should be planned with some shade and air circulation.  Stagnant air can be very hard on the body because it does little for natural cooling.

Dress Is Still Important

Whether it is warm or cold, proper dress is something that should be carefully considered.  In the heat, clothes that are lightweight, light colored, and fit loosely are prefered.  They can help in natural cooling.  It is a good idea to wear sunshades, sunscreen, and a hat with a brim.  Protection is the word, and it is an important one to remember.  If you want to get out in that heat, go to the next level with your planning.  It will pay off in your health and enjoyment.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Longmont, Colo. 

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