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Difficulty playing golf in extreme heat due to fatigue
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In the extreme heat of summer, I find myself unable to finish 18 holes of golf. I tire rapidly and get soreness in my shoulders and legs. How can I best prepare for this day's activities? I hydrate quite a bit prior and during the day.
Hi @dferreri Do you play often? If you have not played in a while, maybe build yourself back up to 18 holes over time. That is what has worked for me in activities. If my goal is to be able to walk 200 yards but I tired out, I will start walking till fatigue check my yards and then try to increase that weekly until I get up to my goal of 200 yards.
@jaks134 Thank you for your response! I play golf around three times a week and until the extreme heat came I did not have trouble playing the full 18 holes. I am concerned that when it does get hot (mid 90's) I lose endurance and stamina. I can always improve my conditioning, which is what I am doing now, but wanted to know if anybody out there has experienced similar issues.
If it is something new that you are experiencing issues with this year in terms of severity, it may be worthwhile to bring that up to your doctor. It could also likely be due to imbalanced diet. I used to have heavier bouts of fatigue years ago due to an imbalanced diet... although I was eating the foods that were not damaging in terms of being diabetic, the balance and nutrients my body needed it was not getting. I had a detailed blood test done, which revealed all that to me.
@dferreri the reason everyone experiences a certain degree of fatigue from hot weather is because our body is overheating/hot and at the same time it is trying to keep us cool. The hotter the day, the harder out body has to work to keep us cool. Age, health status, and other factors can also contribute to how well our body can keep us cool and how much work it takes to keep it cool. Sweating causes us to loose fluids and causes us to be dehydrated.
I have been better able to manage fatigue in the hot days by being sure I am hydrated - most people are dehydrated, so even if you feel you are drinking enough water, maybe you are not. Also, eat something with salt/sodium because this will help retain the fluids in your body. However, be cautious with the sodium intake if you have issues with your blood pressure.
I also would recommend playing your 18 holes outside of the peak hours of the heat, which generally is between 10 am and 3 pm in most areas.
Hope this helps a bit.
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