Even at 42 I love the last day of school. I have made it a priority to be there when my kids walk out the door for the last time because frankly, it represents a freedom…or sense of freedom you and I have not experienced in a long time.
As we plan and form strategies on how to use the limited time us adults have for fishing trips, scouting, hanging stands, prepping for backcountry hunts and adding in the family vacation, to the youngsters, summer is endless. We know that to not to be true.
Mother Nature is fickle. In my opinion she loves to land the best day of the week for outside activities in the middle of the week when you and I are on the job. In St. Louis, MO where Fit To Hunt is headquartered, the summer heat and humidity can be BRUTAL! Weekends are the only time many of us have to take those trips and make those preparations to our hunting properties; heat or no heat.
We can’t stop because of the temperature, but if not planned for properly the heat can make you ill in the blink of an eye. Here are some tips to help you beat the heat this summer no matter where you reside!
Once acclimated, increase your fluid intake because you will sweat more. Make sure you have fluids with you at all times. Thirst is not an indicator of dehydration.
If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
We recommend Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover products for two reasons:
1. It not only replaces electrolytes but contains Branch Chain Amino Acids, Glutamine and Coenzyme-Q10 to help your muscles recover. Most commercial sports drinks are sugar and salt.
2. They are low glycemic, meaning they will not spike blood sugar and contain better ingredients than what you grab at the local gas station.
Do your work, exercise or play in the morning or evening:
Activity performed when the weather is the coolest is the smart way to go if your schedule will accommodate, but if it is necessary to get work (or play) done during the hottest part of the day, avoid direct sun. If exercising outdoors, avoid hot surfaces like asphalt.
Break it up:
Increase the frequency and duration of rest breaks.
Dress for the Weather:
Loose, light colored clothing is the way to go! Avoid cotton tees and look for
tri-blends and dri-fit materials that will keep you cool.
Finally...don't forget the sunscreen:
Protect yourself from skin cancer by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30!
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