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Coping With Hot Weather

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Summer really seems to have arrived but hot weather can make many of us hearties struggle. I find once temperatures go over 25C despite drinking more my BP may drop leading to headache and tiredness. In the past I have discussed this with my GP and there is no easy solution. There is a recently updated (last month) BHF article on coping with the heat here:

Me, this afternoon it will be feet up, a cool non-alcoholic drink and maybe a couple of paracetamol while I watch the GP! Go Max Go!

If you go outside remember "Slip, Slap, Slop, Seek, Slide"!

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Good advice.

Just got in from a run, trying (and failing) to beat the heat, and my BP on finishing was 75/52 and that was with water on the way round!

Feel fine at that but probably not great in the long term :D

You don't realise (well maybe you do) how much harder your body has to work and how much fluid you need to take on board. My wife got in a bit of a state while doing a long walk in the lake district, we got talking to a guy in a walking shop and he worked out how much water we should have drank for the route we did in the hot weather, it was more than you can really carry. Personally I don't bother even trying to run in this, I don't think that there is any real benefit to be honest, looking forward to a swim later!

I have to run because it's the Anglesey half in about 7 weeks and, after my calf injury, I'm nowhere near ready!

The only real benefit is, if it's a warm September, then acclimatising now will be a huge boost on the day. If it's a cold September then being used to this will make it that much easier :D

But, yes, the water requirements are significant. Going by weight, I lost over a litre in 1 hour 20 (after drinking 600ml) and that was before it started really heating up!

I’ve got a niggling calf problem from running. I’ve just had 2 weeks off from running to rest it and went for a steady 6km this morning and low and behold I’ve pulled it again. Gutted.

Yeah, mine started warning me to ease up around 6.5k so finished with a couple of minutes walk every half k.

So lots of stretching, some protein and ibuprofen when I got in.

They do say that small flair-ups are expected during recovery because the whole process is "damage/repair/repeat", it's just trying to make sure you don't completely undo the repair that's already happened!

Get yourself to the swimming pool.

Yes I swim everyday in the evening, but for me there’s nothing better than a morning run though before work 🙂

So to clarify, don’t walk in the hot weather and don’t run? I’m also menopausal and having hot flushes night sweats etc . I loath the summertime normally but even more so

This weather is made for iced tea and cucumber gin under a palm tree. Why do you think places that get regular heat have siestas? :D

The problem here isn't so much the actual temperatures - used to happily run round like idiots in 30 deg temps as a kid in Australia & would be putting jumpers on if it dropped much below 20 degrees.

But you never get time to acclimatise when this only turns up for 6 days or so!

I am just out of a cold shower , dressed and tried and failed to put a bit of make up on ,, currently sitting under a high powered fan on one side and in front of me a dyson cold filter fan . I still have sweat running down my face



About 3 years ago I folded and bought a portable aircon. When it gets like this we basically live in one room :D

We have one of those as well my husband American so he insisted. We live in Scotland and I told him our aircon here is to open the windae. 😂😂😂

Climate change

20 min Cycle to gym, 1 hour weights, 20 mins home.

Lie in garden for 5 hours at 25c.

Go for 60 min bike ride.

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31C in shade here yesterday!

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Gaz_chops in reply to MichaelJH

26c on the Wirral, forecast same today, just warm enough for me :-)

Just watch your fluid intake.

I took 600ml with me (and drank it all in 10k) but, weighing out and weighing in, was still 1.1kg lighter when I'd finished. And that's pretty much all water!

Always do, always take 2x750ml bottles + on longer ride a 2ltr water bladder with me :-)Never have a prob with fluid intake, seems natural to increase/decrease as needs must!

Obviously, I have no restrictions (thank god).

Can't carry that much running - my knees would shout at me for the weight :D

Morning Michael,

Thanks for posting link, living in Scotland don’t normally need to worry about the heat! but yesterday I found it really difficult.

Best wishes Pauline

Hi michael. Only just awake so wondered for a minute why you had to watch your doctor (called max) this afternoon! 😏 Already too hot here in wales, stay cool everyone. X

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MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to Nettekin

Was totally gutted by result! Max's 51G impact was worrying as that could rupture an aorta. As my go to team (but making progress now) I hoped Charles would win for Ferrari but it was not to be. ☹️☹️☹️

My GP has a name not dissimilar to a Bond villain. I think the odd patient had a blip and uses it! 😭

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I must be one of the few who feel better in the warmth 🌞My blood vessels relax.

Sunlight is converted into nitric oxide by your skin.

My solution to not over heating is sitting with my feet in a bowl of water and sucking ice cubes.

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Nettekin in reply to Milkfairy

Weird! Just before I read this I was asking my husband who on earth actually likes this kind of weather? Now I know! Stay just the right amount of cool for you. X

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Thank you, I have just come back from the swimming pool. 🏊‍♀️😎🆒️

Thank you for the link Michael it explains why I`m struggling to function at any level.Tired beyond thought.x

I've actually got my sun lounger - first time it has seen the light of day since probably 2018. Temp on the sunny Wirral at 14.00 is 25 deg feels like 29.

Great advice in your link. I've just tried to go out and dead head some plants in the garden - was soon back in though, far too hot out there!

Morning. Totally agree with you. I had a mitral repair 3 and a half years ago and although, fully, recovered I always struggle with the heat, always have done all my life. thank goodness we dont live in western canada or the US. I just get up early, get everything done, then its Siesta time until about 3pm. Catch up on some tv I've missed fom the previous evening, when I was gardenning or down the allotment. Take care

I'm originally from the north of England (so used to cold weather 😊) but retired to South West Turkey several years ago. It currently in the mid 40's and likely to continue until at least the end of october. (it's even 35 during the night 😲) I'm doing my best to keep cool, gallons of water, iced coffee - decaff of course, staying under shade on the roof terrace during peak heat, where a have a breeze from the sea, cool showers and aircon in every room. Still finding palpitations are more troublesome so doc has recommended upping my meds to see how that goes 🤞🏼

We’re off to the Orkneys for a week. That should help!

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Cooler than Isle of Wight! ☀️🌞😎

On advice from my cardiac team I got a excise bike 👍So far so good 2x 15min at a medium rate works well so far 🚴‍♂️

Thank-you for that link, Michael. Very useful.

Move to NE England! It is rarely a problem here! I was just looking through some of my 20 years old summer clothing and thinking it is still good for a while longer.Homemade elderflower cordial is very refreshing in the heat.

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Used to spend three months of the year on Teesside for ICI in late 70s/early 80s. It was a bit like being on the moon!

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Flaring at ICI Wilton!

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