This month, we hear from Nicola Gerrett, who has researching human body temperature regulation for more than 10 years.
When you exercise, your body produces heat and the body is able to keep its core temperature within safe boundaries through two key mechanisms; behavioral and autonomic regulation. Behavior is our first line of defense, and some obvious examples include seeking shade, turning on/off air conditioners and how we dress.
The most effective autonomic response that humans possess is the evaporation of sweat from the skin surface, which helps cool the skin and the blood below the skin surface, sending cooler blood back to the core. Sweating is a highly effective strategy and is almost unique to humans. The only other mammals that sweat across their entire skin surface are horses, camels and some cattle.
Sweating is extremely important for controlling our body temperature but if we do not replace the water we lose via sweating then we increase the risk of dehydration.
Some final tips for safe summer outdoor exercise:
- Hydrate with cold fluids containing some sodium and carbohydrates at least 4 hours before you exercise
- Avoid exercise during the hottest parts of the day (12-4pm)
- Wear loose fitting and light colored clothes
- Re-hydrate after exercise with cold fluids, containing some sodium and carbohydrates
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