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How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion

It is important to make sure you stay safe outside in the sun. Here is some basic information on heat exhaustion, what to look for and how to prevent it.

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In Austin we love outdoor fun. Unfortunately the summer heat can be very dangerous for some of us who enjoy getting out to stay fit. It is important to make sure you stay safe outside in the sun. Here is some basic information on heat exhaustion, what to look for and how to prevent it.

What is heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is a potentially dangerous condition where the body’s core temperature gets too hot due to a combination of environmental heat, humidity and physical activity. Untreated heat exhaustion could lead to heat stroke.

What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion symptoms can appear suddenly during or after physical activity. The symptoms include: excessive sweating, dizziness, fainting, weak and rapid pulse, sudden fatigue, low blood pressure when standing up, muscle cramping, nausea and headache.

What should you do if you suspect heat exhaustion?

DO NOT HIDE! Make sure you are in an area where people can help you if necessary. Stop all physical activity and find a cool (preferably air conditioned) and shaded place to rest. Let those around you know you suspect you might be experiencing heat exhaustion. Drink cool water or electrolyte replacement. You should seek medical attention if your symptoms do not go away within 60 minutes or if your temperature gets above 104 degrees.

How can you prevent heat exhaustion?

Wear light clothing that is thin, loose and light-colored or specifically designed for hotter environments. Wear a hat or visor and apply plenty of sun block. Make sure you hydrate before during and after physical activity outside with cool water or an electrolyte replacement. If possible, try to remain in shaded areas when outside and acclimate to the environment before beginning rigorous exercise. Ease into exercise outdoors if you are not used to it; if you are with a trainer let your trainer know your concerns. Check any medications you may be taking that may increase your sensitivity to the sun.

What are the symptoms of a heat stroke?

A heat stroke is a serious medical condition that results from untreated heat exhaustion. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: body temperature reaches and maintains a temperature over 104 degrees, lack of sweating and flushed skin, rapid breathing and heart beat, headache, neurological disorder (seizure, hallucination, sudden speech or coordination problems) and muscle fatigue and weakness.

Have fun getting or keeping fit this summer and STAY SAFE! Work It!

As a kid, Kyle struggled with his weight. Often unhappy with his body, he knew he needed to make significant changes for the sake of his health. In high school, he dedicated his time to working out and eating healthier. It took a lot of determination and commitment, but he was able to turn his body and life around for the better. He had more energy than ever before and loved how he felt. In 1997, he moved to Austin to attend St. Edwards University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After working in the financial services industry for many years, he decided to turn his passion for fitness into a career and became a certified personal trainer through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA). In 2007, he founded Work It Personal Training. After years of being personally interested in plant-based nutrition, Kyle officially completed the Certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through the T. Collin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in 2017, which allows him to offer a more holistic approach to health and fitness by integrating more lifestyle and nutrition guidance for Work It’s clients. These two aspects in addition to physical exercise are crucial for overall health goals to be met. Featured in many publications, including austin360.com, KXAN Austin-News, Tribeza Magazine, The AGLCC Agenda, and Austin Way, Kyle has continued to exhibit his excellence in the personal training community in Austin. He has also appeared on the Cooking Channel’s Restaurant Redemption and is a contributing fitness writer for many online and print publications. In the ten years since he founded Work It, he has never felt so fulfilled. He loves working with people and helping them set goals. Most of all, he is thrilled to see how meeting those goals can positively change a person’s life.

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september 2020

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