By: Katie Stumbo B.S. with a focus in Pre-PT, CPT, PES
Phoenix, AZ: With temperatures expected to spike over 100 degrees this week, Katie Stumbo, owner and founder of Go Conquer Fitness insists that the soaring temperatures do not have to derail anyone’s perfectly laid fitness plans. With the correct equipment and precautions you can still enjoy Arizona’s great outdoors. With temperatures spiking above 100 degrees this week it’s time to get smarter about our outdoor time. No one is immune to the ravages of the Arizona summer. As an Arizona native Katie unfortunately anticipates the news of a hiker dying of heat related illness on the trails around this time every year. The worst part is that they are almost always totally preventable deaths. With the proper planning and preparation you can safely enjoy your favorite hiking trails, walks and bike rides. Katie always starts with going back to basics. 1. Get out and be done before the sun is up 2. Drink not only plenty of water but also electrolytes 3. Gatorade type drinks are not a great electrolyte. Visit www.GoConquerFitness.com for a great electrolyte recipe 4. Wear cooling cloths that protect against UV and the heat 5. If you feel dizzy stop and find a cool place to sit 6. Never go out alone 7. Always leave a water bottle full of ice waiting for you in the car. That way if you do run low on water out on the trail you can start replenishing as soon as you get back to the parking lot. Many trailheads have no potable water. If you experience any of the following seek medical attention immediately! 1. Cessation of sweating while still in the heat 2. Rapid onset of an intense headache 3. Shortness of breath 4. Muscle pain and cramping 5. Nausea or vomiting 6. Rapid heart rate Go Conquer Fitness is a locally owned fitness studio aimed at providing safe and effective ways to educate and train people for maximum results with minimal injury risk. Owner Katie Stumbo is a Certified Personal Trainer(CPT) and Performance Enhancement Specialist(PES) with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Kinesiology.