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Exercising in the Heat

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Summer is here. We all want to have those great bikini or board short bodies, but a lot of us exercise outside and it gets hot in the summer. So what should we do?

Well, let’s learn about what happens to us when exercising in the heat. When running in hotter weather (when the temperature is above 75 degrees Farenheight), our bodies spend about 70% of the energy that they normally would be using towards our workout to just cool down. Only 30% goes to moving our arms and legs and breathing. What’s more, the heat, humidity, and UV rays all have a negative effect on us because we aren’t used to putting our bodies to work in such harsh environments. The heat makes us sweat, the humidity doesn’t allow our cooling processes to occur as effectively, and UV rays burn our skin which makes our core temperature higher.

But the good news is that after 1-2 weeks of working out in hotter weather, your body starts to acclimate. John Woo, M.D., a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine says, “Your body will expect circulating plasma volume and become more efficient in sweating, and, psychologically, you just start dealing with the heat better.” To help this process occur safely, start out by cutting your workout in the heat in half and add 5% every day or 10% every couple of days or so. You can even finish the rest of your workout inside (do core work, lift weights, do a yoga routine) until you get back up to 100% of your workout in the heat. Other things you should be doing to help this process occur safely are: drink 8 glasses of water throughout the day, make sure to get enough electrolytes, and use sunscreen.

If you follow these simple steps to working out in the heat, your body will thank you. To learn more about the body and effects of water on the body, check out our other blog posts or visit our website (www.filtercon.com) to learn about why it’s important to filter your water at home.

Source:

What Running in the Heat Does to Your Body. SHAPE Fitness. 7 July 2015. http://www.shape.com/fitness/cardio/what-running-heat-does-your-body

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Wall Street Journal Reports “Witching Hours”

Chronobiology is the study of the body’s internal clock mechanisms. Research on this topic has become more popular in recent years due to the fact that some times in the day have been proven to be better than others for taking medicine; the way that it is absorbed into the body, the way that the body recognizes it, and how it affects its internal processes. Circadian rhythm, the 24-hour clock that your body is used to for day-night activities, helps regulate and dictate these factors.

Researchers have found that it is more common to have a heart attack in the morning, seizure in the afternoon, and asthma attack in the evening. Of course, if your genes are more prone to having these symptoms, you’re more likely to have one of these episodes. Check out this illustration that the Wall Street Journal posted explaining “The Worst Times of Day for Your Health”…

Wall St Journal Witching Hours

To help the chances of having any complications with your health, you should be eating a healthy and balanced diet, exercising, drinking enough water, and not taking any unnecessary medications.   For more information on water and health, check out the rest of our blog and visit our website filtercon.com

Source:

Wall Street Journal, June 2nd, 2015. “Your Body’s Witching Hours” http://www.wsj.com/articles/your-bodys-witching-hours-1433198297