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Caution - Sometimes it Takes More Than 8

Monday, August 09, 2010

Glasses of water, I mean.

Yesterday was sweltering in Chicago, as well as in a lot of places. The meteorologists have coined a new term, "heat index." It is a combination of the temperature and humidity-a measurement of how hot we feel. I think of it as similar to how the winter brings, "wind chill"-a measurement of how cold we feel considering the temperature and wind velocity.

I don't know what our heat index was yesterday, but it must have been at least 100.

We turned the a/c on in the whole house and our bedroom units at bedtime.

I exercised lots yesterday as two of my teams have challenges going. I did 7.2 miles in 15 minutes on my elliptical exercise bike, stretching and over a mile walk in the neighborhood in the evening. That is quite a lot for me in one day. I don't usually exercise on a Sunday; it's my one day off.

Oh, I drank my normal amount of water, but not much more. I had a diet 7-Up with dinner and my usual 2 cups of coffee in the morning.

I woke up an hour after getting in bed with the worst muscle cramps I have had in BOTH my legs and BOTH my feet! I told my partner, "my potassium must be out of kilter or something," walked around a bit and got back into bed.

Less than an hour later...there they were again! Now my partner Suz' son was in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He told us that muscle cramps can be caused by sign of a heat related illness. I searched on Spark People, and sure enough! I promptly downed 2 1/2 glasses of water and had no problem with cramps the rest of the night...I won't mention the other problem the water brought on. emoticon

I am warning you, friends, push yourself to drink even more water than 8-10 glasses if it's hot where you live. The more you exercise, the more you need to drink.

Lessons learned by experience seem to sink in the best.

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  • SAL2525
    Good Blog. Glad the cramping is gone. Sal
    2868 days ago
    Great blog. I've been keeping up with my water, especially with this heat.
    2868 days ago

    great blog! I never get enough water b/c I just don't like water and it's really hard to make myself drink it! I do,though at the gym b/c I sweat so much!! Never got awakened by cramps like that, though and I'm a nurse that didn't know leg cramps could signal dehydration!!! So, thanks for the info and the warning and I'll try much harder to guzzle the H2O better from now on!!! (Oh, and sorry about the other side effect of the added water! hehe)

    2868 days ago
    I didn't know that about cramps & dehydration, Peggy. Thanks for that info. And I know too well that other problem that develops when they fill-up with any liquid. emoticon

    Now on the occasion I should get any cramps, I'll be sure to drink my water.

    Does it work for stomach cramps, too? emoticon only kidding

    2869 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/10/2010 5:48:16 AM
    The heat index here for the week is running between 105-115. Our temps will be above 100 all week. Remember that any drinks with caffeine will also dehydrate. I have dysfunctional vocal cords and have to make sure that they don't become dry. Keep up the good work and thanks for spreading the info. about emoticon
    2869 days ago
    Oh absolutely! Bottoms UP everyone! :-)

    2869 days ago
    Hmmm....I get those killer cramps in my legs from time to time, and can't even walk on them without fearing that I'll fall over. And I routinely drink 12 glasses or better each day....
    2869 days ago
  • --KREN
    It's been over 100 here every day for weeks. Heat index is about 113. We run the a/c here at least 7 months a year, non-stop. I drink over 12 glasses of water a day. Always. Way of life in Central Texas. By the way, I have some new neighbors from Chicago! Karen
    2869 days ago
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