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Feeling the heat?

In the summer months in Houston it’s very tough to be outside for long periods of time, as everyone knows. Houston most often remains very hot through most of September. Here are some easy tricks I have used over the years during the hot summer months. 

Heat exhaustion and fatigue occur when the body overheats. The problem with Houston weather is the humidity. In dryer climates the sweat from our body evaporates which pulls the heat out of the body thus allowing the body to cool off. The humidity in Houston prevents sweat from evaporating thereby causing the heat to remain in your body preventing your brain from receiving the cooling signals to regulate your temperature. 

I keep a small cooler with about three bandanas in which I would tie around my neck and put on my arms and legs on change overs. Or, you can buy the cooling gel products on the market that you can tie around your neck for continuous cooling. As a last resort, wet a towel and drape it around the neck on water breaks. Your body then gets the cooling signals to your brain and is able to regulate your body temperature. It works like a charm and you can play 90-minutes in the hottest part of the day.  

For more information on this topic and more please contact Racquet Sports Director Mike May at 713.685.6980 or mmay@houstonian.com. 

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