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Hot and Humid Forecast for the Poconos = Stay Hydrated

Monroe County, PA     Hydration is Essential in Hot and Humid Weather

SWEATING – How it works and why it’s important

Especially in humid conditions, the body sweats even more in an attempt to cool itself.  This Extra Sweating happens because sweat takes longer to evaporate from the skin when the weather is hot and humid.  It is essential to replenish the water lost through sweating to avoid dehydration.  In addition, during exercise, water is lost from the bloodstream through sweat, and the body takes fluids from its tissues or uses fluids that you drink before and during exercise.

Everyone is at risk for Heat related illnesses, such as Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke, but these ailments can be avoided by staying hydrated.  Here are some tips for preventing heat related illnesses:

Move activities and exercise routine indoors to an air conditioned space

DRINK lots of water – before, during and after activities and exercise

When outdoors, wear loose fitting clothing to allow air to circulate and sun protection

Avoid long periods of direct sun exposure – wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and take frequent breaks in the shade

Drink cool water, rather than ice cold, as the body absorbs cool water faster

Stay wet to keep cool, and to cool down

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