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I just arrived in south Florida two days ago, and when I walked off the plane and into the runway, the heat hit me like a wall. Living in California has spoiled me. It might get hot in the summer, but the humidity is usually very low, which makes it tolerable for people with MS. But the humid, nerve-inflaming Florida heat is a whole different story.
During the first day I began to lose the feeling in both hands. It became more difficult to move with coordination, and my fatigue level had already hit the roof. I felt like I was in a drunk fog.
But yesterday I had to get to the gym and train chest and triceps. I did not take my cooling vest with me on this trip (big mistake!) so I did not have my overall body cooling “life vest.” The gym was not well air conditioned, and I know, from my gym ownership days, that keeping a 30,000 square foot gym is an expensive proposition and can quickly close the doors. So, the gym will get by with as little air flow as possible. Good for their overhead but terrible for members, especially those that have autoimmune diseases like MS. I am viewing the gym as the battlefield with not ideal conditions for my health while I am here .
In situations like this it is important for us MSers to adjust and adapt as best we can. In my “never quit” attitude, missing a workout is not an option so I will be training through this heat all week. Instead I am doing all I can to keep my body temp as low as possible by wearing thin workout clothes and keeping a wet towel around my neck. I really miss my vest. This will be a lesson not to forget to make a list before I board a plane. I am keeping my weights lighter and the workout intensity tolerable. I am not bending bars this week!
It is a known fact that keeping your body temperature cooled down helps prevent MS exacerbations, and letting the body get overheated can definitely cause them. So it is imperative to do everything possible from wearing a KewlFit cooling vest (http://store.kewlfit.com/) to drinking lots of cold water when faced with the humid heat of an area like south Florida. Once my workouts are over, I’m headed to a nice cold shower and a room with a great air conditioner. My goal this week is to keep my body temp down as much as possible outside the gym and keep it from getting out of hand inside the gym. I have also doubled my anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements like NaturalBody Defense to try my best to counteract this humidity. I will need to do all I can to fight off MS symptoms in this type of heat so I can win the war I battle with the weights.
Until next time, when I am back in sunny, non humid California… stay cool!
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