The weather here has suddenly become hot and I'm not quite used to it. So when I went running the other day I made the necessary changes in my schedule, but I guess not well enough.
The other night I could barely focus at a Birthday party. I didn't really understand what was wrong with me, my body was achy and I felt like I was coming down with the flu. In the back of my mind I kept on thinking that I may of overexerted myself when I was running in the heat, but I was treating my symptoms as though I had the flu. I didn't really recognize the signs of stress and exercise over-exertion.
...Nothing I did seemed to make feel better.
Heat and Muscle Fatigue
Later I thought back to my symptoms about the heat and overexertion while running. I realized that I wasn't sick at all but had experienced some side affects from the heat and muscle fatigue. I quickly fixed myself with a rest, ice and a protein drink.
This is my chance to remind you that if you live in the heat, adjust your program accordingly:
- Don't run in the middle of the day.
- Wear proper ventilated moisture-wicking fabrics
- Drink water or sports drink 2 hours before, during and directly upon arriving.
- Find shade if you are feeling ill.
- Monitor your symptoms after.
- Stop your workout and don't run.
Did you know that Jell-O is good for you?
OK maybe the sugar we can do without, but the gelatin is great for boosting your muscle repair!
A Good Tips to Beat the Heat: Always stop when you start to cramp up, or find no relief from the heat, have symptoms of nausea and fatigue. Even running or run/walking one more mile may have serious effects finding yourself in the emerge.