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are you ready for exercise-beyond just medical readiness

medical readiness and more

by Kenneth Rudich (note: this installment is a continuation of the Social Good Campaign sponsored by MSM)

Are You Ready for Exercise-Take the Self Test” encouraged readers to evaluate their medical readiness for physical activity prior to embarking on a new exercise regimen.  The post touched on some of the medical factors to consider, and it also pointed to a link containing a medical readiness questionnaire that experts in the fitness and wellness industry often recommend as a tool to guide the self-evaluation.

As I’ve mentioned before, the bulk of my content on physical activity and exercise is drawn from the work of Dr. Charles Corbin, an emeritus professor of exercise and wellness.  According to him, there are some other matters to consider in addition to medical readiness.  These include environmental considerations, pollution and altitude.

The following is a brief outline of the information Dr. Corbin provides with regard to these matters.

Environmental Considerations

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Heat

Types of Heat-related Illnesses (hyperthermia)

  • Heat cramps (Mild)
  • Heat Exhaustion (Moderate)
  • Heat Stroke (Severe)

Causes of Heat-related Illnesses 

  • High temperature
  • High humidity
  • Dehydration
  • Over-exercise
  • Inappropriate dress

Preventing Overheating

  • Cancel or postpone of necessary
  • Replace fluids regularly
  • Dress properly (wet shirt)
  • Rest frequently
  • Watch for symptoms

In Case of Overheating

  • Get out of the heat
  • Replace fluid immediately
  • Remove excess clothing
  • Immerse the body in cool water

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Cold 

 Types of Wind  Chill Related Problems (hypothermia)

  • Frostbite
  • Impaired Functioning

Causes of Wind Chill Problems

  • Wind
  • Cold
  • Skin exposure
  • Inappropriate dress

Steps to Prevent or Treat Wind Chill

  • Postpone or cancel activity
  • Dress properly (layer)
  • Prevent from getting wet
  • If warming does not help, seek medical attention

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Pollution

Pollution and Activity

  • Ozone, pollen, carbon dioxide, particulates
  • Select best times of day
  • Select least polluted areas
  • Postpone or cancel if necessary

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Altitude

High Altitude and Activity Problems 

  • Breathing problems
  • High heart rate
  • Less performance capacity

High Altitude and Activity and Solutions

  • Expose gradually
  • Limit activity at first
  • Drink plenty of water

 

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