Exercise is good for you and is a great compliment to chiropractic treatment!
But you must make sure that the sunshine and the heat (or cold) doesn't get the better of you.
In our clinics we see more and more of our patients doing outdoor exercise, as outdoor gyms and boot camps are getting more and more popular.
Wearing the right type of clothes can make a big difference. You need clothes to protect you from the sunshine and should be cool (or warm) enough to allow you to maintain and regulate your temperature. This also applies in colder weather.
One of the biggest problems with physical exercise is staying hydrated and maintaining your body's electrolyte and salt levels.
Our ‘thirst-reflex’ is not quite as effective as it should be. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.
It is said that we lose 10% of our performance for every percent of fluid we lose and you don't start to feel thirsty until you have lost between 2 and 4% of fluid!
So, that means that you could have lost up to 40% of your performance before you have your first gulp of water! It is therefore important that you start to drink as soon as you begin to exercise, before you feel thirsty, or even before you start your exercise!
If you don't drink enough water, you can get dehydrated and suffer from light-headedness and nausea.
If not recognized, dehydration can even result in kidney failure and, in extreme cases, death.
On the other hand, if you drink too much water without replenishing your electrolytes, you can experience something called hyponatremia.
When you sweat, your body loses not only water, but electrolytes and salt, too. This delicate balance of water and electrolytes is crucial to keep your body functioning properly.
Hyponatremia can lead to confusion, nausea, muscle cramps, seizures or even death in extreme cases. This is more common in endurance sports such as long-distance running, cycling and swimming.
Most importantly, listen to your body. Stop immediately if you're feeling dizzy, faint or nauseous!
If you experience aches or pains contact the ISIS Chiropractic Centres for help with injuries, injury prevention and improving your performance.
Give us a call! We are here to help!
Chiropractic is so often the answer!
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