1. We’re suffering from the same weather here in North Alabama…mercury at 100 degrees or higher, and heat index readings from 105 to 115. Very high humidity and very still air. Even light physical activity can be exhausting…and possibly deadly.

    Mass, I tried to register at GRRF, but one of the required questions was “who is the administrator?”. I may be having one of my Alzheimer/Dyslexia moments (you know…I don’t remember much and what I do is backwards) but I couldn’t find the answer to that question. Any hints?

  2. Cooldannas really work. Ice water too. The three keys are hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

  3. Indiana got well over 100 in the mid-1960s when I was a kid there!
    It’s hardly “cool” summers!

  4. Just a quick note that you really don’t want to end up with Lyme’s disease, so use insect repellent that’s effective on biting insects as appropriate.

  5. One note of caution; it is possible to over hydrate, to the extent that you flush your body clear of the salts etc it needs and you end up a heat casualty that way.

    Mas mentions using Gatorade to keep replace lost electrolytes, which is the way to go.

    One way of monitoring your hydration, and I apologise if I’m teaching granny to suck eggs here, is to check the colour of your urine; the darker it is the more dehydrated you are, but if your continually passing clear you’re over hydrating. Pale yellow is best.

    Or is that TMI?

  6. As my Scouts have learned over the years from Chief Ockanickon, the mascot of one of the Boy Scout camps here in PA….
    A hydrated Scout is a happy Scout.
    A dehydrated Scout is a DEAD Scout and
    Dead Scouts have no fun.
    Same goes for Shooters, Hunters, etc…..

  7. One point to consider: drink water – do not add electrolytes. It’s an urban legend at best that “the body loses electrolytes”, and at worst it’s marketing fraud. The body conserves electrolytes.

    At the end of a marathon race or a 3-hour marathon training session, you have lost much more water than electrolytes. You’re in electrolyte overload. You need water first, then carbs, never sodium. “Your sweat is less salty that you are” – as Dr. Michael Colgan likes to say. When you’ve been sweating for hours you’re not in danger of running out of electrolytes – you’re in danger of “electrolyte overload”. Eat a balanced diet and take a daily high quality multi-vitamin/multi-mineral and you’re getting all the electrolytes you need. – Optimum Sports Nutrition, Dr. Michael Colgan, p 195-198

  8. Fruitbat, when it comes to information that folks need to know to keep themselves safe in the heat, such information is hardly TMI.

    I wouldn’t call that over-hydrating, though, but under-replenishing.

    Water is like oil for our bodies, but if there’s no gas, that car still don’t run.

    Gatorade or other sports drinks or electrolyte replenishers are just as important as the constant water intake.

    Your body WILL sweat out both especially in high heat + high humidity.

    I just helped a brother in Christ out at church this past week, taking care of the front lawn. It wasn’t a big yard and didn’t really take THAT long to mow, but in the heat my goodness it was brutal. I don’t think I’ve ever been sucked dry of energy that fast. At several points I couldn’t summon up enough energy to keep pushing the mower in the sun. I was still sweating so I wasn’t totally dehydrated but I was fast approaching heat exhaustion faster than I’ve ever experienced (and it wasn’t even 105 outside…. the next two days were FAR hotter, so Tuesday was THE day to get the mowing done). I had to spend the next quarter of an hour inside in the shade sipping gatorade before I got my energy levels back and my body cooled off fully.

    Heat + humidity is no joke. It’s literally deadly serious if not treated with the proper respect and care…

    Hey, that’s almost exactly like firearm safety, isn’t it? 🙂

    ~Sir Brass

  9. Sir Brass – Good point. It’s just that in polite society there aren’t too many conversations which start “I say old bean what’s the colour of your urine?” 🙂

    On a more serious note, a very sad example of over-hydration etc can be found be found by googling “David Rogers” and “London Marathon.”

  10. Had a brief conversation with Gary Anderson in 2007 at Camp Perry. Perry can be notoriously hot and humid at the nationals. He mentioned that they had “lost” 6 shooters the prior year (which would be 2006). Didn’t probe to see if that meant like in died or just hospital runs. Probably a reason that they introduced tent coverings on the ranges now. The older you get the less able the body can handle heat stress.

  11. Electrolytes DO matter. Urine contains (normally) an appreciable content of both sodium and potassium – and enough more so if someone’s urinating extra that those on diuretics for high blood pressure are also put on potassium pills to make up for what’s going into the toilet.
    If you’re drinking more water, you’re going to put out more urine – and for that reason alone electrolytes DO matter.