Your body has its own thermoregulatory mechanisms (i.e., hypothalamis, skin thermoreceptors, skin sweat glands, arteriole smooth muscle tissue, skeletal muscles, endocrine glands, etc.) to maintain a homeothermic state of an average internal body temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course your body may fluctuate in temperature from 97 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit based on your body size/composition, environmental conditions, etc. A life-threatening condition will occur if your body temperature dips below 94.1 degrees Fahrenheit (hypothermia) or rises above 107 degrees Fahrenheit (hyperthermia).
How does your body adapt to a cold-weather environment? There are primarily three mechanisms to avoid excessive cooling:
Treatment: drink water
Treatment: put hands under arm pits, remove and/or keep cold, damp material away from skin
Treatment: go to a warm area, remove wet clothing, dress in warm clothing and wrap in a blanket
How does your body adapt to a hot-weather environment? There are primarily four mechanisms to avoid excessive heating:
Treatment: go to a shady area, drink a saline and/or an electrolytic solution, stretch, ice massage
Treatment: go to a shady area, remove clothing, elevate feet, remove clothing, wrap in a wet towel or sheet, drink cold fluid and/or saline solution
Treatment: go to a shady area, remove clothing, wrap in a wet towel or sheet, drink cold fluid, cold shower, cold or ice water bath, ice massage
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.