Thursday, May 27, 2010

Heat and Muscle Fatigue

ASICS Women's Abby Running Skort,Marine/White,SmallI've gone running twice this week and have run into two problems, first the heat and then the exhaustion from the heat       

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
ASICS Men's Core Running Tank,White,LargeLater 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. 

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