Stay Hydrated Out There!

 

The beautiful city of Columbus, OH is typically characterized by hot, muggy summers with average highs in the eighties. However, record triple digit temps were recorded in the 1930’s.

June July   Aug Sept

Record high 102   106   103   100

Avg high      81.6 84.9 83.7 77

Avg low       61.5 65.5 64.1 56.5

While they may not seem hot, these Fahrenheit readings are high enough for active outdoorsy types to take care. The human body loses water through sweat, urine, and even water vapor when exhaling. If too much water is lost, meaning more water is moving out of the cells and body than is coming in, the body becomes unbalanced—also known as dehydration. In worst case scenarios death can occur from severe dehydration.

Causes of Dehydration in Active Adults

  • Active fever, heat exposure, and too much exercise.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination due to infection. If sick, STAY HOME.
  • Diseases such as diabetes.
  • Lack of safe drinking water. Be prepared, always bring your own when heading outside.
  • If you have any significant skin injuries, like burns or mouth sores, it’s best to postpone. Water loss can occur through damaged tissue.

Symptoms to Watch For:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth and swollen tongue
  • Overall Weakness or sluggishness
  • Dizzy spells
  • Heart palpitations
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Inability to sweat
  • Decreased urine output or dark urine.

When to Seek Medical Care:

  • Increased or constant vomiting for more than a day
  • Fever over 101°F
  • Diarrhea for more than two days
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Decreased urine production
  • Confusion
  • Weakness

Go to the Emergency Room AT ONCE if any of these happen:

  • Fever higher than 103°F
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest or abdominal pains
  • Fainting
  • No urine production in the last twelve hours

STAY HYDRATED . . . STAY ALIVE

stop for water breaks frequently throughout your exercise and tennis training routines.