A Father, A Son, and Too Much Fun in the Sun

June is Men's Health Month, and there is nothing quite like getting out and enjoying the weather here in Tennessee. With this week also being so close to Father's Day, one of the ways the

June is Men’s Health Month, and there is nothing quite like getting out and enjoying the weather here in Tennessee. With this week also being so close to Father’s Day, one of the ways the me and my father enjoy ourselves is by getting out and golfing. I am sure a lot of you reading this article can relate to the enjoyment one can have in doing that or other various outdoor activities during the summer months. However, with having an active lifestyle, it is important that we understand the risks that we put ourselves under when enduring those activities.

 

My father was not aware of the risks of being outdoors in the summer weather last year when we went on our annual golf trip. From the time we left the golf course until the time we sat down for dinner a total of 30 minutes had passed. In those minutes, no one would have been able to tell that my father was severely dehydrated. That is how quickly a thing like being dehydrated can affect you. On a daily average, people lose 80 ounces of perspiration during the day. Obviously being active and dealing with the heat makes that increase by a lot depending on the heat and the activity. So to finish the story about my father, we eventually needed to take him to the emergency room after he became dehydrated at dinner. In doing so, we also came to discover that his heart was out of rhythm as well. So why I am telling readers this story about my father and his health problems? Because awareness is one of the primary reasons why he had the episode that he did. The heart problem was also a major issue that we were fortunate enough to catch before a much more serious issue arose from it. Both health issues are quite common, and ones that men are susceptible to encountering during these hot summer months.

 

One the best ways to avoid having to deal with dehydration and other weather-related problems is to first go see a physician regularly. They are the most knowledgeable about health risks and can advise based on individual circumstances and health history on preventing problems from occurring.  Another way is to properly hydrate for activities or events that may require being outside and in the heat. Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember. While those two things may seem quite simple and common sense to many, truth be told something like this could happen to anyone at any time. Why not be somewhat aware if there are any health problems with yourself by checking in with a doctor once a year?

 

While my father and I were lucky with the outcome of that golf scenario, some of you or your loved ones may not be so lucky. I hope that some of the story I told hits home as well as the tips that I included to help readers stay on top of their health and raise awareness of what one’s body is telling you when facing dehydration. Some of the common signs include urine color, lack of perspiration, and lack of urinating in general. If any of these occur while you are outside, then you should seek water and a cool place to relax.

 

In closing, I just wanted to take the time to thank you all who have read this, and to wish the men a happy and health Father’s Day.

 

 

Featured image from www.pexels.com, courtesy of Jopwell x PGA 

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Michael Travis
My name is Michael Travis, I am a 27 and a recent graduate at Middle Tennessee State University. I completed an internship in 2018 with the MTSU Center for Health and Human Services where I served as Program Director for the Tennessee Men’s Health Network located in Knoxville, TN. Having come from a family that faces many health disparities, I have always grown up trying to become healthier than my immediate family in that I hope to live a long a healthy life, like so many of us want to as well. In doing so, it brought me into health as having the opportunity to improve the lives of people by helping them. Having been a coach of boys basketball the past 8 years, I have had a good deal of experience in motivation and getting the best out of a person. I hope that some of the articles I have written for New Focus Daily may inspire you to try new things and venture out to seek different methods of maintaining health. Cheers.