Florida is beginning to cool off! Well, not exactly, but indicators are showing that our Summer heat is beginning to wane. Temperatures in the upper 80's to low 90's almost daily and diminishing rainfall tells us that we have about 30 more days of heat at our doors. After that it'll cool down to a slightly more comfortable mid 80 average. I really don't care to hear people say that you'll get used to it because I don't and haven't for the more than half of my life that I've lived here. Would I want to be anywhere else? No way!
For me when the heat rises I know I'll be sweating but thanks to today's miracle moisture wicking fabrics I can now sweat and dry off through several cycles especially when enjoying our outdoor life. Yesterday was filled with an enjoyable task of rummaging through tons of boxes on a new project, a rather large and unique antique sailboat. I've been sailing since age 5 and boating most of my life. Unfortunately, it's on the "dry" and we're hoping to launch in about 2 years. The more we clean it up the less work it appears to take to make this happen sooner rather than later.
I knew the environment was going to be a hot one so liquid in the form of water and tea was the bulk of our refreshment and temperature regulation. I had weighed myself just prior to heading out and wanted to find out how much sweat I had lost in that relatively short span of about 5 hours. It was as if I had jumped in a pool with my clothes on when the day was done and when I took my ending weight I was 5 pounds lighter in spite of drinking almost a half gallon of water plus a cup (16 oz.) of hot coffee and a Dr. Brown's diet cream soda. We drank at regular intervals with not more than a sip and a gulp during our breaks.
This time of year we get our weather and temperatures in two forms. One is the actual temperature and the other is the "feels like" temp. Sadly, our feels like number is hovering around 101 to 105 of late. This is why I can never figure out why people run to their cars in Summer rains down here. The rainwater comes in torrents but it's usually at 85 degrees or better. Not anything like a 40 degree rain day in the Northeast. There it's either run or freeze.
It is time to change lanes a little and dispel the myth that if you're not sweating when you exercise you aren't working out hard enough. The truth is there are a lot of different people on this planet and some sweat profusely while others hardly at all or none when they workout. I can't say that not sweating doesn't have its problems due to the body trying to regulate its temperature but only YOU know when you've worked out hard enough. Trying to work up a sweat when it isn't in your body's repertoire could be a big mistake. Let's say you reached your MAX heart rate and some ill advised trainer decided that you must sweat before you leave the gym. You push harder to satisfy THEIR wants then guess what? You may never leave that gym alive.
All THINK THIN THURSDAYS that I write are under the
guise of YOU getting to know your physical self a bit better!
Hello Self, how are you doing?