Beating the heat while outdoors

by Justin on June 19, 2007

SunIf your an outdoor type that hikes and bikes or even has lots of daily tasks to do around the house such as mowing grass, or gardening, the heat so far this year in 2007 is going to hurt you. But this doesn’t mean you have to quit doing them, you just need some tips and advice to know how and when the right time is!

For anyone venturing outdoors for most anything in high temperature there are some basic tips to follow to keep yourself in good shape:

  1. Drink Plenty of Water (Not the sugary caffeine type or pop they just dehydrate you that much more.)
  2. Substitute water with pure fruit juices and sport drinks to also replenish your body with electrolytes.
  3. Do not overexert yourself, you don’t need to have a heatstroke.
  4. Take breaks often in shady areas if available
  5. Bring a water wet towel or one of those oh so cool misting fans, they aren’t just a waste of money but they really do help lower your body temperature acting as your sweat would.

With this preparedness also comes the part most people fail to notice, the signs. Signs include a high body temperature, a rapid pulse, red, dry and hot skin, a headache, nausea and dizziness . These are all very serious signs that your body needs to be cooled more. If you don’t you could suffer a heatstroke, where your body can no longer control your temperature.

A lot of people in abnormally hot seasons also suffer from heat exhaustion which is a step down from heatstroke but can lead to it and is also dangerous due to loss of bodily salts and fluids. Symptoms include profuse sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, fatigue, and nausea and headaches.

Most seasoned outdoor types will have a resistance to the sun and heat and will sweat more than normal to keep the body cooled, which is good and means that more than ever you should keep drinking fluids.

All in all you will no when you have had enough of the heat, and when you do you should immediately head somewhere out of the sun at least and preferably somewhere cooler. Alternate activities may also be an option, something near the lake or pool may take place of a hike or other activity to lessen the affects of the heat, while still being active.

By Jesse G Roland

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