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SENIORS: Beat the Heat with 3 YMCA indoor tracks

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's been a brutal summer in terms of heat indexes, especially if you are out exercising. Seniors age 60 and above now have options to stay cool at the local YMCA's
 
Walking or running in this type of heat and high humidity can be dangerous for older citizens. The Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi are opening three indoor tracks to senior citizens as a free community service this summer. All the way through the dog days of August anyone over 60 can use the indoor tracks free. 

"And so we feel like this is a service we can offer to seniors to encourage them to keep up their daily cardiovascular activity but inside where it's cool," said Janet Reihle with the Metropolitan YMCAs Wednesday.

Janet says no matter how old you are, this heat can be extremely dangerous if proper precautions aren't followed, especially for seniors. Older bodies don't adapt to changes in the heart quickly and most folks are slower to break a sweat.

So if you want to get your cardiovascular workout's in, try the Y's indoor tracks! It's free! The Tracks are located at the YMCA facilities in downtown Jackson, Clinton and Flowood.  You can use them from 1:30-4:00 p.m.  

Several factors make senior citizens especially vulnerable to hot weather: 

  • Older bodies do not respond as quickly to changes in heat and could cause a senior to be unaware that their body temperature is too high, since they are slower to break a sweat.
  • Medications commonly prescribed to seniors can affect the body's ability to cool down, such as motion sickness drugs and blood pressure medications.
  • Heat stroke can be life threatening!  Victims of heat stroke almost always die so immediate medical attention is essential when problems first begin.  A person with heat stroke has a body temperature over 104 degrees F.  
  • Other symptoms may include confusion, combativeness, bizarre behavior, faintness, staggering, strong rapid pulse, dry flushed skin, lack of sweating, possible delirium or coma.  

If someone suffers from heat exhaustion, it can be treated in several ways. 

Get the victim out of the sun and into a cool place, preferably one that is air conditioned. Offer fluids but avoid alcohol and caffeine. Water, fruit and vegetables juices are best.  

Encourage the person to shower or bathe, even sponge off with cool water.

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