The long anticipated summer is finally a week or so away. Joggers, motorcyclist, bicyclist, skateboarders and hover board riders are filling the roadways and public parks. However, along with all the joys of summer and warmer weather there are also dangers present for those of us who love to exercise outdoors. Two of those dangers are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here are some precautions you should take against the heat of summer.
Carefully plan when you will be out: Generally speaking, the hours between 10am and 3 pm are the hottest times of the day. Plan your workouts to avoid these peak hours especially if a heat alert is in effect.
Drink extra water: Whether you are indoors or outdoors in the heat, you should take extra steps to stay hydrated during the summer. It is recommended that you drink a little more than twelve-and-a-half, 8-ounce glasses a day.
Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion: These symptoms include vomiting and nausea, excessive sweating, low blood pressure, moist and cool skin, a weak pulse, fatigue and weakness, blurred vision, strong thirst, and rapid breathing.
Wear loose comfortable clothing: At eMarinePX we haveMarine Corps clothingthat lets you dress down for summer but still show your pride in the Corps. Our Marine Corps clothes include cycling outfits and ball caps with the Corps emblem as well as T-shirts.
Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol: Having a Coke or Pepsi may seem like a refreshing way to cool off after a workout but these kinds of drinks act as They actually cause fluids to leave your body rapidly. Alcohol is also a natural diuretic and has the same effect on the body’s hydration levels as caffeinated beverages.
Take frequent breaks during physical activity: Help your body adjust to the stress of warmer weather by taking frequent breaks particularly when you are working out.
Be careful with medication: Certain medications affect your body’s hydration levels. These medications include high blood pressure and heart medications, allergy medications, tranquilizers. Take the time to determine whether any medication you are taking has a diuretic effect.
We know how people who are currently in or who have been in the services endeavor to maintain their fitness levels, but heat stroke and exhaustion can affect any of us during the dog days of summer. It is therefore important to know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion in order to protect your health and the health of loved ones.
“Good fathers do three things: they provide, they nurture and they guide.” ~ Roland Warren.
The word “family” is a part of the Marine Corps’ lexicon. After all, the Corps itself is a family of men and women who share a unique and challenging experience. Also, many units are comprised of men and women whose families have served in the armed forces for generations. This is why we can appreciate holidays such as Father’s Day which rapidly is approaching. Father’s are all too often the unsung heroes of the family unit. They are sometimes portrayed in less than flattering ways in popular media as well. But as the above quote states, the good ones provide, nurture and guide. For that reason, and in honor of Father’s Day which is June 18, we would like to share a list of movies that portray fathers and sons (and daughters) in an uplifting way.
Frequency (2000): Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel star in sci-fi time story about time travel. Caviezel – who plays the son – connects with his deceased father via radio. Though the reunion between father and son is not cheerful – they try to stop a serial killer in the process – the portrayal of the father/son relationship is touching.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1963): This classic film portrays the relationship between a young girl and her father. He is an attorney who defends an African American man against charges of raping a White female in the Deep South.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979): This movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep introduced the then revolutionary concept that fathers are a significant part of the family unit. In the movie, Hoffman is trying to retain custody of his son against all odds.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993): Starring the late Robin Williams, this movie portrays another father who is trying desperately to see his children who he fathered with Sally Fields.
The Lion King (1994): This Disney adaptation of Hamlet has gone on to be a smash Broadway play as well.
In short, the relationship between fathers and their offspring is an important one and more complex than portrayed in popular media. Many Marines can trace their appreciation for the Corps to their own fathers. Show your appreciation to the Corps with USMC hoodies or a Marine Corps jacket that is made in America and proudly displays the Marine Corps emblem and motto.
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