With the changing weather of summer comes more opportunities for outdoor activities. But when we’re getting active in the summer heat, our body temperature can increase at an alarming rate. The human body is designed to stay within a certain temperature range and therefore the body’s temperature needs to be constantly regulated and adjusted. This process is known as thermoregulation.
During the summer months, we are drawn to water activities such as swimming and other water sports. These activities are external thermoregulation mechanisms. When your skin is in contact with water, the heat is transferred out of your body until your body temperature matches the temperature of the water. Sounds refreshing, right?
You may notice that when you’re partaking in any physical activity, especially outdoors in the heat, you’re likely to sweat. Sweating may seem gross but it’s a function of the body that contributes to thermoregulation during exercise. When your body temperature rises, there is an increase of blood flow to your skin which stimulates the sweat glands. As sweat evaporates from the surface of your skin it cools the body and regulates your internal temperature.
Water sports and sweat are natural ways to regulate your body’s temperature in the summer. However, the water lost through sweating and the energy expended during outdoor activities can lead to dehydration. You may sweat 1 to 2 liters per hour when you’re active, even if you’re in the swimming pool, lake, ocean, etc. Make sure you consume the appropriate amount of water to stay hydrated.
Consuming water will also aid in thermoregulation and keep your body cool. But we don’t recommend drinking the water from the pool. Filtered water is your healthiest option. Bottled spring water is purified and has added nutrients to keep you healthy. We offer bottled water delivery to your home so you always have a fresh supply of spring water on hand. If you’re located in Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, or the surrounding area, give us a call today. We also service the greater Martinsville and Danville area in Virginia. Mountain Park is here for all your water delivery needs.