Avoiding Heat Illness While Running or Cycling in Summer

Avoiding Heat Illness While Running or Cycling in Summer

Bob and Jack running the Rocky Raccoon 100

In some parts of the country, where winter weather can be brutal and unpredictable, folks have waited for what seems like an eternity to get out into the warm, welcoming sunshine to train. Whether you run or cycle, training during the hot summer months can be done safely but requires some adjustments and for you to be diligent in paying attention to your body. Heat illnesses can become deadly serious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that heat illnesses kill approximately 625 Americans a year making it imperative that you take extra steps in your training routine to protect yourself from the dangers of heat exposure and illness. Symptoms of heat exposure start with leg cramps, clammy skin and mild fever; escalating into profound sweating, dizziness or fainting, headache, fatigue and weakness. Heat stroke symptoms include confusion, lethargy, high fever, nausea and even seizures.

Preventing your body from ever experiencing these symptoms is key to remaining on track. To prevent heat-related illnesses make sure to take extra precautions during any summer day. Remember, heat exposure can happen in temps less than 80 degrees and on both sunny and overcast days. Make sure to stay fully hydrated with both water and sports drinks that contain both salt and sugar. Dress in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that is lightweight and made of fabric that is meant to keep you cool. Also, try to plan your training during the cooler part of the day, taking breaks in shaded areas whenever possible.

At HeadSweats, our entire focus is on keeping the wearers of our running hats and cycling caps comfortable and protected from the elements. Our proprietary fabric technology helps to keep you cool, while the included headband helps keep sweat away from your face and eyes. Include a HeadSweats visor hat or running cap in your running apparel and stay safe during your outdoor activities.

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