Find Some Shade and Know When To Say No

Long term exposure to high temperatures can result in heat stroke. Heat stroke is defined as a core body temperature of 105 or greater degrees Fahrenheit, compared with our usual 98.6. Our body has a natural ability to cool itself to 98.6 but when heat stroke occurs the body is inhibited from sustaining homeostasis. Humid air can effect the bodies ability to stay cool because the sweat has no where to evaporate to resulting in a higher body temperature. When exercising outdoors make sure that you are plenty hydrated and try to stay in the shade. Our body consists of 50-75% water and when we perspire more we need to replenish our body by drinking more water.   

Some ways to prevent heat stroke:

1. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water during your outdoor exercise.

2. Wear a hat. Keeping out of the sun could decrease you body temperature by up to 15 degrees.

3. Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun can keep your body temperature lower.

4. Wear loose light weight clothing. Wearing clothing that is easy to breath will allow air flow to reach your body and decrease the temperature.

If all else fails, cancel your outdoor activity for the day and stay in a cool place. Take precautions this summer by respecting the needs of your body.

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