Do you have a place to walk where you feel comfortable or safe? Sometimes the neighborhood we live in does not have a route to walk equipped with even sidewalks, good lighting, or light traffic. Maybe you don't walk because you feel that walking does not have a huge effect on your health. Believe it or not, walking small amounts provides many health benefits which increase the more you walk. This post will address some barriers that keep us from getting the outcomes we seek from walking, like having a safe place to get our steps in, getting improved health results from walking, as well as what we need to know in order to stay safe and healthy during our walks!
Just this past month we have experienced some record highs for weather in the Central Valley. With temperatures continuing to stay near 100 degrees as July comes to an end here are eight helpful reminders to help you and your loved ones beat the heat.
Although the hot summer temperatures may deter some individuals from walking outdoors, some studies which have shown individuals benefiting not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, from walking outdoors. In a study conducted in the past few years, researchers suggest that, “…physical activity in a natural environment, or green exercise, might engage people in physical activity by increasing enjoyment of participation, offering social interaction and increased frequency of activity” (Gladwell et. al, 2012). Some individuals who had more access to green spaces and frequented natural environments more often were suggested to have less anxiety and feelings of stress, improved mood and a refreshed mental state than those who did not take time to take part in outdoor activities. So the next time you decide to take a walk, call up a friend or family member to take a walk to the local park, you never know what you may experience from nature in your surrounding neighborhood.
Here in the California Valley, we experience hot temperatures. Please be summer safe, look out for these summer conditions (sunburns, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke). Heat illness includes heat cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Please be aware of early symptoms such as: fatigue, heavy sweating, headache, cramps, dizziness, high pulse rate, nausea/vomiting. Some life-threatening symptoms are: high body temperature, red, hot, dry skin, confusion, convulsions, fainting.
Stay alert to the weather. During heat waves you are at a greater risk of getting sick, so drink enough cool, fresh water. It is recommended that you drink at least one 8-ounce cup every 15 minutes if you are out in the sun.
Below is a list of some symptoms and what you should do to help recover.
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