Hot Stuff!

No, not me, although now that I think about it….but that’s a topic for another day.

This post is coming to you via…no, not my shiny new modem but the previously dead old modem. Apparently the arrival of said shiny modem struck fear into the old one, and it’s been steadily available all day. It could just be my imagination, but I’d swear I heard a whiny little techno voice whispering, “Jeez, can’t you take a joke?” {Answer=NO}

As expected, the internet downtime was quite productive: I painted my dining room (twice!) and my living room (once) and repainted my dining room ceiling; washed my car–including windows, inside and out; scrubbed my kitchen floor; cleaned the refrigerator and the freezer; caught up the laundry; cleaned the gutters on the front of the house of storm debris; trimmed the shrubbery*; and completed some other general yard clean-up. Oh, and finished reading a book!

Funny, isn’t it, how much time I suddenly had to get things done when I didn’t have the internet as a distraction. Clearly, I’ll be making some sort of changes to my days.

While I was out cleaning gutters today in the 90+° weather, I remember that before the soon-to-be-ex modem “died”, I had planned to wrap up my salute to Makeover May with a cautionary reminder that the observance of Memorial Day also signals the arrival of summer for most of us Northern Hemisphere types. That means HEAT! Here in Memphis, we jumped from an unseasonably cool (sweatshirt weather) last week to frying pan hot this week. Temps for the next few days will be pushing the 100° mark–YIKES!

So there’s no time like the present for some tips for exercising in the heat, The original Makeover Monday post, The Hot Body You Don’t Want appeared July 7, 2008. You can click over for details, but here are the highlights:

  • Know your weather numbers – Above 90°F/32°C and/or humidity greater than 75% and you might want to consider moving your workout indoors or find a shady hammock trail.
  • Adjust your time – If you must exercise outdoors, consider moving your workout to before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m. (Yeah, it was 95° in Memphis today at 7:05 p.m.)
  • Hydrate – Drink water before, during, and after your workout. If you’re working out for longer than an hour, consider sipping a bit of a sports-type drink to replace lost electrolytes.
  • Dress appropriately – Layers of light-colored wicking fabrics, hat, sunglasses, and waterproof sunscreen will help minimize the effects of the heat.
  • Accessorize – I keep a couple of washcloths in the freezer and another couple in the fridge. Perfect for applying to the neck and face when overheating (or any heating, in my case) occurs.
  • Mind Your Body – It’s all well and good to “gut it out” during your workout, but doing so without paying attention to your body’s responses can be foolish. And dangerous. Sweat doesn’t evaporate as quickly in high heat/humidity, and that can lead to overheating.

As in my original post, it’s probably a good time to review the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses:

  • Symptoms of heat exhaustion include weakness, muscle cramps, dehydration, dizziness, confusion, rapid heart rate and headache. If left untreated, things can rapidly go from bad to worse, possibly resulting in heat stroke.
  • Heat stroke can be fatal and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, vomiting, respiratory distress, and hot, dry skin (your body’s signal that it’s not sweating properly).

Not to put a damper on the arrival of summer, mind you. I just want us all to be safe! I didn’t lose all this weight just so I’d look thinner in my casket, so I’ll be exercising a little more mindfully for the duration. I hope you will, too!

With that, I’ll wish you all a happy (and safe!) weekend. I need to go now and replenish my fridge washcloth supply in anticipation of tomorrow’s lawn-mowing session. Hope the neighbors don’t mind the noise at 8 a.m. :)

*One shrub’s trimming had to be deferred when I discovered roommate/squatters had moved in:
baby birds

Feed me!

15 thoughts on “Hot Stuff!

  1. Hey, these are some great tips! Some people often take for granted these things and just focus on getting their exercise regimen done. I like how you said you didn’t lose weight just to look thinner in a casket. That is so very true, and that is something that most people seem to forget.

  2. Not to rub it in or anything (I’d never be THAT cruel), but here in Colorado, it’s in the low 70’s, no humidity and gorgeous blue skies. I’ve already informed Mr. B that when we return to TN and he starts teaching his July class, I’ll be finding a mountain top somewhere to stay. Memories of last year’s 90+ days with temps of 90+ are still very fresh! Wanna come????

  3. Oh internet… it’s a love hate relationship. It never allows me to get the things done that i need to. Sounds like the down time was very very productive. The heat is kicking in out here in Phoenix as well. Triple digits coming this weekend. Whoo!

  4. Man, just reading this post wore me out. You got alot done! It’s kind of amazing how much extra time we have when we are without internet or TV. I, personally, spend WAY to much time tending to my farm on Farmville. It’s the dumbest game ever and yet I can’t stop!

  5. Can you return the new modem or are you just going to keep it?

    Interesting how much time we have when technology fails us…I love my internet time though…don’t want to give it up or even reduce it. But it might be something I can use to barter with myself (no computer until after elliptical).

    Excellent tips for the summer. It is supposed to be extra hot here this summer…Tuesday was kind of like hell…87 degrees…but it is spectacular today!

    Cute roomie!!!

  6. OMG, so funny on the modem! I can’t wait to hear if it stays working!

    I need to be forcibly unplugged so I get things done around here OR you can come over – I hate doing that stuff! I am so bad! 😉

  7. Love your bird baby picture. Yes, we’ve broken some high temp records this week, too. We have a short reprieve, so I’m taking full advantage, but all those tips are great. I’m “into” hydrating again. Funny how I fall off in the winter and suddenly remember how important H2O is when it gets hot again.

  8. The heat is INSANE — over here in LR, it’s just the same. I nearly passed out the other night. I don’t know how I’m supposed to prepare for the September half marathon through Arkansas summer. Got to figure this one out soon.

  9. Yay for the new modem!!! And big AWWWW for that baby bird!!!! Hope the rest of your weekend is good!!!!

  10. Thanks for the reminders on care in the heat – not just for us, but for kids and pets. I LOVE that chair!!! Thank you so much for the supportive comments on my blog!

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