Heat & Outdoor
During heavy exercise, vigorous physical activity or hot conditions the body loses fluid and electrolytes through sweat, leading to dehydration. Two conditions regularly associated with heat illnesses are:
- Heat exhaustion – a result of the body overheating causing symptoms such as heavy sweating, rapid pulse and muscle cramps.
- Heat cramps – painful, involuntary muscle spasms, typically affecting the calves, arm, stomach and back.
To avoid heat related illnesses, ensure you consume adequate fluids – water and an electrolyte solution (Hydralyte).
TIP: If you know you will be exposed to hot conditions, it is important to remember hydration the night before, during and after the exposure.