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Heat Illness

14th August 2013

Back to school ads show corduroy pants, long-sleeved shirts and pullover sweaters. Stargazers claim that we are nearing the end of the "dog days of summer."

However, in many parts of the country, including Central Texas where this blog originates, temperatures in the low 100s and high humidity will continue for a few more weeks or perhaps even a couple more months.

Heat can create serious health problems especially for the elderly, the young, the sick, those without access to…

General Guidelines
Put on an aqua belt before getting into the water and cinch the belt as tight as comfortably possible.  Warm-up in the water for 5 – 7 minutes before increasing the intensity.  Maintain a moderate to intense effort level for approximately 20 minutes if you’re a beginner and for 30 – 40 minutes if you’re intermediate or advanced.  Include a variety of movements into your workout, long and short body lever positions and slow and fast speeds.  Stretch afterwards…

Essential oils can help with many of the problems we encounter in summer months. Treating sunburn and insect bites, repelling insects and controlling fire ants are all possible with plant derived oils. Here are some recipes to help you have a more fragrant and enjoyable summer season:

Mosquito bite treatment
8 drops lavender
2 tablespoons unscented lotion
Mix together and apply to bites every hour until itching and redness is gone. Generally one or two applications are all that is…