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Friday, April 17, 2009

Summer Survival - Learning to Pace Yourself

Many people are not used to working or playing outdoors in an environment with extremely high temperatures. The best way to get used to the higher temperatures of summer is to start off slowly. If it becomes necessary for you to work a little faster or harder, gradually increase your pace. Don’t attempt to do it all at once if it’s not absolutely necessary. This will allow your body to adjust to the demands of working in a hotter environment. Learn to set a pace for yourself in all your outdoor activities in the summer heat.

If you are working in the heat and suddenly your heart starts pounding, you experience a shortness of breath, feel weak or light-headed; you will need to discontinue all your activity immediately. These are signs that you may be experiencing the beginning of a heat-related illness. You will need to stop and rest before continuing any type of activity. Don’t risk suffering a heat-related illness that could endanger your health. Find a cool area, or at the very least a place in the shade, and rest until your body has had a chance to cool down before resuming your activities. Always remember to drink plenty of fluids.

Use a little common sense and be summer smart! Learn to pace yourself!

Most heat-related illnesses can be avoided by taking some simple precautions.

Staying above the water line!



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