If youâ€™re in the northern hemisphere, youâ€™re in the midst of summer. I live in the southeast, and itâ€™s humid and hot. You may not think about it, but exercising during the hot summer months can take a serious toll on your body.
When youâ€™re dealing with high heat and high humidity, your body has an extremely difficult time getting rid of the excess heat. You sweat and sweat, and end up becoming very dehydrated.
Heat cramps are typically the first type of heat emergency. Your bodyâ€™s muscles will tighten in very painful spasms. All you need to recover from heat cramps is a sports drink or juice and some quality rest. If you see that your urine is darker than normal, itâ€™s a sign that you are dehydrated and need more fluids.
Next we have heat exhaustion. It can come on very suddenly or very gradually and is caused by pushing your body beyond its limits. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, dizziness, vomiting, chills, excessive sweating, headache, and darker than normal urine. To treat it, get out of the heat! Drinking diluted sports drinks will help also.
Heatstroke is the most serious of these conditions and can actually be fatal. Very hot skin is the most compelling symptom of heatstroke, and the person afflicted is usually dry. He or she may also experience shallow breathing, disorientation, headache, a rapid pulse, fainting, or combativeness.
Keep all of this in mind during this hot season, and donâ€™t forget to drink plenty of fluids and to replenish your electrolytes. Immediately seek medical attention if you or someone you know is suffering from a heat-related disorder.
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