Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
When I was spending a lot of my time in Saudi Arabia, thanks to Uncle Sam, I tried to get out and walk/jog at least some during the hot part of the day. I think it help my body get used to heat. I always figured if I was shot down over Iraq, my body would be better prepared. In southern Arizona (& retired), I still jog pretty regularly in 100 deg heat.
Water is good, but it can be useless to drink too much too fast. When I get back from a run in the heat, I drink a 16 oz mug of water about every half hour, and usually make about one drink out of four milk instead of water. I find the milk really helps with my electrolytes, and does it without the sugars most electrolyte drinks have. After 2-3 hours, I'm rehydrated. Without the milk, I get headaches.
When riding, my horses don't have access to water. I use my heat stress to help gauge theirs. I ride Mia about 95% of the time, and we both seem to start struggling with thirst at the same time. If I'm thinking shade & water, then I figure she is as well...which seems accurate from her reaction. YMMV.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."