Protect Yourself From Heat Exhaustion

I didn’t have to listen to the weather to know how hot it has been lately.  The weatherman did emphasize we’ve had more 90+ degree days than we normally do for this time of year.  Protect yourself from heat exhaustion when you’re riding this summer.

The Mayo Clinic provides a list of symptoms to be aware of:

  • Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heatHeat
  • Heavy sweating
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure upon standing
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headache

To protect yourself stay hydrated.  Drink a lot of water on hot days and stop more often to get out of the sun. If you do have symptoms of heat exhaustion,  get yourself to a cool area and drink water or a sports drink.  You can also add ice (or cool packs) under the arms and around your neck. If your symptoms don’t improve within an hour, consider medical attention.

Take a bottle of water with you when you ride.  Or, if you are blessed to have a friend like my girlfriend Kim who rides a Harley-Davidson Freewheeler, you can take a small cooler! Ride safe!

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