Tips To Enjoy Outdoor Recreation
It's 12:30 p.m. Your sunglasses are floating down your nose on a
sweat-enduced current that originates deep within your scalp and works
its way down your forehead until it reaches the tip of your nose. The
dog is lying outstretched on the ground, his tongue attempting to
escape the heat of his mouth only to encounter worse conditions on the
outside. You go to take a sip of your iced tea, but the sugar has come
out of solution and rests at the bottom of your glass, the water
long-since evaporated. You would get up to get another drink, but your
shirtless body is stuck to the back of the plastic lawn chair.
Do you have a
good picture now? Do you know where you are? It's summer, and the only
way you're going to enjoy life outside your house is either by living
the rest of your life under the sea, or moving to Antarctica or
Siberia. There's no way you're going to go hiking this weekend in these
largest outdoor Web site on the Internet, www.gorp.com — Great
Outdoor Recreation Pages — offers these seven tips to enjoy
sensible; you don't have to abandon your plans. Consider your overall
fitness level before venturing out in this kind of weather. It can be
dangerous for people with high blood pressure or a heart condition.
- Pick a place carefully, one that has shade and a nearby water source.
plenty of water. Electrolyte replacement drinks help replenish salts
and potassium, which are lost when you sweat. Drink them in diluted
quantities of about half strength — they'll do the job and last
yourself. Take opportunities to cool down by jumping into whatever body
of water is handy. Periodically dampen a bandanna and wipe your face,
neck and arms.
- Go easy on the mileage and don't plan huge elevation gains.
- Bring some sort of treatment for blisters. Heat causes feet to swell and sweat, both of which contribute to blistering.
clothing that wicks sweat from your skin — a polyester T-shirt,
not cotton. Be sure that if you're prone to chafing, you wear shorts
that are long enough to prevent it.