HYDRATION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTROLYTES:
This is just a reminder to everyone that the summer heat is upon us… please make sure you remember to place electrolytes in your water bottles. Don’t be afraid of taking in an electrolyte that has a few more calories either. (I know some women who made mistakes in the past like this and they almost suffered heat stroke.) Electrolytes need to be replenished during and even after your bike rides on especially hot days. Please remember to use them.
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HEAT RELATED EMERGENCIES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING TO YOUR BODY:
Another thing to keep in mind is to remember to listen to your own body. The heat plays terrible tricks on us. If you feel you are getting overheated, please stop, pull to the side in a shady area and take a break. If you don’t feel you can continue on, ask a buddy or your spouse or friend to come pick you up. During the past 4 and half years since riding in groups, I’ve seen more than a few almost suffer from heat exhaustion. (Myself included). You have nothing to prove to anyone… and your health is more important.
HEAT RELATED EMERGENCIES, SYMPTOMS AND HOW TO TREAT THEM:
HEAT CRAMPS are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen caused by exposure to high heat and humidity and loss of fluids and electrolytes. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat.
HEAT EXHAUSTION typically involves the loss of body fluids through heavy sweating during strenuous exercise or physical labor in high heat and humidity.
Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
Move the person to a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in
If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
HEAT STROKE (also known as sunstroke) is a life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself.
Signs of heat stroke include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature.
Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by giving care as you would for heat exhaustion. If needed, continue rapid cooling by applying ice or cold packs wrapped in a cloth to the wrists, ankles, groin, neck and armpits.
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