Cooling towels are a great idea – but why how do you use it, and even better, why should you use it? For starters, you need it to keep your body temperature stable, which is very important when you exercise, because otherwise, you might faint or even get a heat stroke!
All you have to do in order to cool yourself down with one of these cooling towels is to first wet it, either with tap water, in a pool, or even in the sea. Then you have to wring it – you must get most of the excess water out of the towel for it to work the best! And then simply wave it around in the air to activate that lovely cooling property, and you’re good to go!
Keeping cool while working out isn’t just going to make you more comfortable – it is a potential lifesaver. Getting overheated while working out in extreme temperatures could lead to heat exhaustion, heatstroke or heat cramps. Many runners have experienced this, citing that they suddenly feel great and relaxed when they run, only to faint a few seconds after that, overcome by heatstroke.
Heat rash and muscle cramps are early signs of the body being overcome by heat. They need to be dealt with in order to prevent more serious heat-related issues from developing. When your skin turns red and dry, you know that you are being negatively impacted by heat.
Here are some things you can do in addition to using cooling towels, in order to deal with the heat. You can always try wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, that covers your limbs completely. Do not opt for shorts or t-shirts if you are very sensitive to the sun, even if you are wearing sunscreen! Also, you should always have a hat on your head or carry a parasol that will give you plenty of shade. And speaking of sunscreen, make sure that you are covered in it. Do not be shy from using quite a lot of it – but don’t overdo it, because it won’t be absorbed into your skin. The sunscreen has to have a factor of at least 15 SPF, but the more it has the better.
Of course, make sure to drink plenty of water if you are going to be staying in the sun. You should always drink plenty of fluids, but increase your uptake of water when you spend time in the heat. Ayran is a great source of salt – this is a popular Arabic drink that you can easily make, and it will keep you safe in the heat. After all, Arabic countries have the most sun, and they know the best fix for unbearing heat. And, abstain from drinking caffeinated drinks, such as coffee or soda, or alcohol, because they dehydrate your body, which is the last thing you want when you’re sweating like crazy.
The heat can cause a lot of things, ranging from blisters to headaches, and some more serious consequences. Heat exhaustion is a common reaction to the heat, and a heat stroke is a very serious reaction to the heat. Here is what you need to look out for if you think you have heat exhaustion.
Firstly, you will probably start to sweat a lot, as your body tries to fight off the overbearing warmth. You also might feel weak and confused, thanks to your increased body temperature. Dizziness and even fainting are a possibility – when you start to feel lightheaded and dizzy, quickly find a place to sit down in order to escape the fainting spell! Your heart may speed up as well, making it hard to breathe. As the day goes on, you will likely feel nauseated, and might even have diarrhea, which will dehydrate you even more, so it’s very important to drink a lot of water! If your urine is dark-colored, dehydration already started to take place, and try your best to keep down as many fluids as you can – but don’t drink too much all at once, as you may vomit, rendering your effort worthless.
If you think that you have heatstroke you should stop exercising immediately. Be sure that you are drinking plenty of water. Stay away from alcohol or caffeinated drinks, which have a dehydrating effect. Take a cool shower and apply cooling towels on your skin. If your symptoms do not subside within thirty minutes, you should consult your medical professional.
Heatstroke occurs when the internal body temperature of a person reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit. This can happen when you are pushing too hard during strenuous exercise in high temperatures. Heatstroke is more serious than heat exhaustion. It can cause permanent damage to your internal organs and in extreme cases, death.
The symptoms of a heat stroke are similar to the ones of heat exhaustion, but they will be severe. Your regular headache will be super strong and severe, with blinding pain that is seemingly unrelenting. When you have a heat stroke, your body will actually stop sweating in order to conserve the little fluid it has left. You will also feel dizzy and lightheaded, and may often faint. Your skin will appear flushed or red, thanks to the increased body temperature, and possible sunburns. Your muscles will feel very weak, and they may even cramp up.
Nausea will turn into vomiting, and again you must make sure you drink water, as much as you can keep down without throwing up. Your breathing and heart rate will increase, and you may feel confused or disoriented. And the most serious symptom is seizures, so if you think that you or someone you are with has a heat stroke, get to a doctor immediately. On the way, try to cool the person as best you can. Use cooling towels, as well as ice packs to the armpits, groin, neck, and back.