Hot Weather Can Effect Your Body!
HELLO! HAPPY Friday!!
Today's the Anniversary of 9/11 and I want to say that my thoughts are once again with all those who lost loved ones on that tragic morning 14 years ago! May those families have peace and comfort!!
How are you doing?! Did you have a PRODUCTIVE week?! This week flew lightning fast for me! Bring on the weekend!! It's Friday, so don't forget to check out the JUICE recipe at the bottom of this post :D
It's September but the weather is still HOT HOT HOT in many places! This week has been hot in the Central Coast and I'm dying...lol! Is it HOT where you live?! Are you sluggish or irritated?! Do you feel less motivated to exercise?! No worries...it's the weather!!
Today's post is how HOT weather can effect your body. Keep reading...the following is good information...don't let the weather stop you from ROCKING OUT on exercise for that HOTer body you want :D
MUSCLES: Pumping all that blood around has your heart on overdrive. Other muscles are so busy trying to grab oxygen from the cooled blood that they're not up for major exertion. Hence outdoor exercise can feel like a superhuman effort. If, say, you're hiking, don't expect top speed or endurance; also, go slower, stop sooner, and stay hydrated!
BRAIN: Losing just 2% of your body weight through sweat can mess with your mind and mood. Dehydration may equal grumpiness and muddled thinking, while high temperatures can impede your decision-making and problem-solving!
SLEEP: You're beat, but z's don't come easily. Heat disrupts your sleep cycle, which requires your body temperature to drop before bed. You may drift off, but be prepared to toss and turn--unless you're getting assistance from an external AC, on full blast!
HANDS AND FEET: During total sweatfests, water can also leak from your veins, causing your extremities to balloon. Unsightly, yes! Dangerous, no!
LUNGS: Strong sunlight can trigger a direct uptick in the formation of air pollutants. When you're out and about, you're sucking those in, giving your lungs a battering. Cue heavy breathing, wheezing, or throat irritation!
SKIN: The body's built-in AC has 1 major priority: Keeping your insides from overheating. Blood vessels expand to shuttle hot blood from your core to your skin. Your pores start to--let's be euphemistic her--glisten. As sweat evaporates, it cools the skin's surface and the blood beneath, which is ferried back to your internal organs. Extra muggy out? Humidity can hinder that evaporation. Meaning: You're dripping but not chilling!
KIDNEYS AND GUT: All this internal action means something's got to give. The blood vessels around your kidneys contract, squelching the urge to pee. Yes, even hitting the bathroom is too much effort for your overstressed organs right about now. Likewise, digestion takes a backseat, and your appetite for filling foods goes AWOL. What you may crave: Salt (to replace what you've sweated out), liquids, or frozen treats!
Keep scrolling and get Friday's recipe! It's another JUICE...top it off with ice and it's refreshing...AWWWesome when the weather is HOT HOT HOT :D
ORANGE BLUSH JUICE
1 handful of raspberries
- You'll need to use a juice extractor.
- This recipe makes 2 portions.
- This juice is GREAT for ENERGY and GOOD for IMMUNITY and SKIN.
Nutrients: Beta-carotene, biotin, folic acid, vitamin C; calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur.
I don't know about you, but this weekend I'm ROCKING IT with some new workouts and then staying cool with the above juice recipe! What about you...doing any exercise?! U GOT THIS!!
SEE YOU back here on Monday :D
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Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist