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Beating The Heat In Las Vegas

The heat is finally here. As we move into June and July our weather here in Las Vegas will consistently be in the triple digits. It doesn’t seem to matter how long you’ve lived in the valley, everybody has to readjust and adapt to the extreme heat. Experts say that it can take up to 30 days for your body to adjust to a drastic change in climate. As we’ve moved into the 100+ degree days of summer we can all take a few simple measures to make sure we’re not putting ourselves at risk for mild dehydration, or worse.

We can’t just be held hostage by the soaring temperatures. We can’t just stay indoors all summer, waiting for things to cool back down. We’ll obviously go on with our normal lives the best we can, but here are a few things to consider.

Don’t Get Thirsty. There’s an old saying used a lot in athletics: “If you’re thirsty, it’s too late”. It’s not enough to pack a sufficient amount of water or fluids when you start your hike, bike ride or golf round. You should be hydrating regularly on a daily basis that you never feel the sensation of thirst. Never be thirsty. Even if you work at a desk or will be home all morning, start your day by getting in at least a bottle of water before lunch. Get in another bottle or two before dinner. That way, once you get outdoors in the sunny heat, you’ll be well ahead of the onset of early dehydration. Drinking during the activity won’t be a matter of catching back up, but staying ahead.

Electrolytes. Never stop drinking good, plain water. On top of that, add in some electrolytic fluids. Drinks like Vitamin Water, Smart Water, Gatorade (Gatorade G2 to save calories) with added electrolytes will help combat the thermal affects of heat on your body. As you sweat throughout the day, you body loses essential salts and other minerals that keep your body chemically balanced. Sport drinks can help to counteract this increasing deficit.

Park In The Shade. It may mean you have to walk a little bit further to and from the entrance of the store, but finding a spot in the shade can reduce the overall temperature in your car during your absence by dozens of degrees. Not only will your car be more bearable once you return, but your A/C will need less time to cool back down.

Protect Your Lid. If you’re planning a hike or a round of golf, expect to be in the sun for several hours. Wearing a hat can take the sun off your face and shoulders, keeping your head several degrees cooler. An important component of battling the heat is keeping your body core cool. Protecting your head from direct sunlight is the first and major step to regulating your body temperature.

Complications from leaving the house unprepared to spend several hours in the sun and heat can compile rather quickly. Taking these small steps into consideration will help ensure you’ll enjoy your weekly hike or round of golf with your friends remains healthy and pleasant. A little preparation goes a long way, as does the lack thereof.

Stay safe!

 

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June 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm
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