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Keeping Cool on Race Day

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It’s finally spring in San Antonio. With Komen San Antonio’s Race for the Cure right around the corner, the warmer weather couldn’t be more welcome. (Not that we wouldn’t run in the rain for a good cause.) Even though the forecast is calling for beautiful weather, Mother Nature here in Texas is infamously unpredictable. Between now and Saturday, we could see anything from cold rain to intense heat. With this long winter hopefully behind us, we’d like to help all racers to prepare for a safe day in the sun. Hydration We can’t stress enough the importance of proper hydration before physical activity both indoors and out. Since childhood, most of us have been taught to drink at least eight ounces of water eight times a day. The American College of Sports Medicine adds that, during exercise, drinking three to six ounces of water every 20 minutes is a good idea. Knowing your body is important to keeping properly hydrated. If you’re thirsty, drink. If you sweating a lot, drink! (Our Elmer’s One Hour Air crew will be passing out water on race day. Come and see us!) Sun Protection Dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can go hand in hand with a bad sunburn. In addition to drinking enough water, protecting your skin from the sun is important for any racer looking to avoid heat-related illnesses. Breathable hats and running gear is available to runners who want to cover up without heating up. Make sure to protect your face, neck, arms and any other exposed skin with a sweat-proof sunscreen. Know Your Pulse Points Most people know that cool water on your wrists and neck will help your body cool down. Whether you’re cooling down post-race or need to stop someone from overheating, there are several other pulse points you can target as well. Adding a cold towel or cool water to these pulse points will help cool your body down:
  • Insides of elbows
  • Insides of knees
  • Inner thigh
  • Tops of feet
  • In between your temple and ear
  • Insides of ankles
Whether you’re indoors or enjoying a day outside, it’s important to protect your body from heat-related illnesses. On race day, you can count on Elmer’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning for a cool drink of water. At home, you can count on us to keep your air conditioner safely operating and your house comfortably cool. For more race information, check out www.komensanantonio.org. For more tips on keeping cool this spring and summer, call or visit us today at Elmer’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning.