Encompass Sports Therapy was pleased to be the exclusive sports therapy clinic for the Calgary Marathon! Dr. Kate Hawkins and Dr. Mike Belding provided Active Release Techniques and Graston Technique to athletes of all levels.
As regular participants in the Calgary Half Marathon, Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Belding know of the stress and fatigue that the body can go through during a run. They hope to volunteer treatment again next year!!
In the summer months, it is especially important to stay hydrated. We can sometimes get away with under-hydrating in winter months, but the summer magnifies our water deficits. We sweat more, and are generally more active during the summer months, which makes hydration not only important but mandatory. Dehydration during hot summer activities can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death if not dealt with properly.
You should always drink between 1 and 2 liters of water a day, and in summer months 2 liters a day is ideal. Aside from the more serious risks like heat stroke, dehydration can lead to many other symptoms. Headaches, muscle cramps, fatigue, and dizziness are just some of the symptoms associated with insufficient water intake.
When you are out this summer, remember to stay hydrated, and take steps to avoid excessive heating by wearing a hat and breathable clothing.