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Elements Therapeutic Massage Scottsdale Promenade - Running in Heat

Heat Can Affect Joint and Muscle Pain

Elements Massage Scottsdale Promenade Jul 12, 2013

In Arizona, the temperature has climbed steadily since April and has even reached record-breaking levels in the last couple of weeks.  This type of heat can have a myriad of affects on your body – over-heating, dehydration, and even fatigue.  These conditions can be intensified during any kind of exercise in above average temperatures.

 

When you exercise at any time, your body temperature rises as your blood works to deliver oxygen to all of your muscles.  When outside temperatures are particularly hot, this effect in only exacerbated.  This happens because your heart also sends large amounts of blood to your skin in an attempt to cool it down.  This means less oxygen gets to your muscles during a work out.

 

This can sometimes lead to muscle cramps and soreness because the extra sweat drains your body’s fluids, salts and minerals.   There are a number of things that can be done to help cope with these effects and even steps you can take to prevent them. Drink lots of water, stretch before working out, replace electrolytes, and consider magnesium supplements in order to prevent muscle cramps and stiffness.  However, if that doesn’t work, there are things that can be done to help recover from soreness and cramps.  Sports massages have been known to help with muscle pain and swelling resulting from strenuous exercise.  Other methods include rest and recovery, active recovery, and even ice baths.  Which ever route you take, make sure you are adjusting your work out routine for the hot weather that has come to stay for the next couple of months!

 

Call Scottsdale Promenade for additional muscle relief 480.998.2120

 

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