Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Best Summer Advice Ever!

June 30, 2015
Drinking too much water when exercising could pose serious health risks

The updated report states that people need to be careful about how much water they drink when exercising, especially in the summer months when the heat can drive people to drink even more.

We are currently experiencing a heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. This is the advice I am given? Seriously?

This was the case with two high school football players who died of EAH last summer. Their deaths were a major force behind the Consensus Panel reconvening.

Well, I don't want to die because I drank too much water. How much did they drink? Hmmm. Doesn't say. Maybe I better investigate before I take my next drink. You know, just to be safe.

Preventing Deaths Due to Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia: The 2015 Consensus Guidelines

One of the high-school football players who died this year reportedly drank 16 L of fluid during practice to alleviate muscle cramps.

It won't be easy, but I'll try to limit myself to less than four gallons of water if I experience muscle cramps. To be on the safe side, I have developed a new plan of action that should protect me.

My Water Intake Plan

1:00pm: Begin rigorous exercise routine under hot glaring sun.
1:15pm: Drink thimble of water.
1:30pm: Eat a slice of week old cornbread.
1:45pm: Complain to girlfriend about headache.
2:00pm: Drink thimble of water.
2:15pm: Eat a rice cake.
2:30pm: Complain to girlfriend about dizziness.
2:45pm: Drink thimble of water.
3:00pm: Gnaw on some sawdust.
3:15pm: End exercise routine by fainting.
3:30pm: Wake up in emergency room disoriented.
3:45pm: Run for the exit!
4:00pm: Search for a dumpster.
4:15pm: Crawl inside and catch my breath.
4:30pm: Come to my senses.
4:45pm: Find girlfriend to take me home.
5:00pm: Begin to mow the yard.
5:15pm: Drink thimble of water.
5:30pm: Eat a cup of raw flour for dinner.

I don't think my plan will work for everyone. Feel free to modify it to suit your own tastes. For those willing to ingest more calories, dry graham crackers and/or chicken bouillon cubes can be a great alternative to sawdust. ;)


fudge_hend said...

That's why I only drink soda and beer and don't exercise like a true 'merican. You can never be too safe, I wouldn't want to die from exercising. I knew the whole thing was a scam as soon as Jim Fixx kicked it.

Seriously, I can't believe how freaking continuously hot it has been this summer in the PNW with no let up in sight. I almost broke down and bought an air conditioner last night. Almost. If I did that, next thing you know I'm walking around with an umbrella in the winter. Let's not get crazy.

In the long ago time when I used to be a contributing member of society instead of a lazy soda/beer drinking rentier I used to work summers outside. There would be days I'd easily drink more than 16 liters of water in a day doing manual labor in the sun all day. Replacing water that is sweated out should be fine. Trying to drink away cramps is stupid. If the first 10 liters didn't work what is six more going to do?

Stagflationary Mark said...


I recall drinking a gallon of liquids exercising for two straight hours while watching basketball games on TV in the distsnt past. I didn't weigh more afterwards than I did before I started. It seemed like no big deal at the time.

That said, I could not have kept up the pace for 8 hours. 4 gallons? Yikes! On the other hand, I did not exercise in the hot sun either.

It was 85 degrees in our bedroom last night just before midnight. The portable air conditioner broke last year but the vaulted ceiling (up against the roof) remains. Tempted to get another air conditioner based on what's coming next! Probably won't happen though.

P.S. I have an umbrella that I sometimes use in the winter. Don't worry though. It's only used late at night where few can see me and a good 20 miles from downtown Seattle. Mustn't let the visitors come to believe that the behavior is acceptable! Hshaha! ;)

Rob Dawg said...

Water? Ewwwww. Fish have sex in that. Now wine... you know what they say about women.

Stagflationary Mark said...

Rob Dawg,

There are some things that just aren't done above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit! ;)

dearieme said...

Oh no, the FTSE has fallen below the x-axis.

Stagflationary Mark said...


I sure hope it isn't an axis of evil! ;)

dearieme said...

"Reverse Yankees": what could possibly go wrong?

"US companies issued a record amount of more than €27 billion of euro- denominated bonds (known as ‘reverse Yankees’) in the first quarter of 2015, taking advantage of the relatively low financing costs on offer in Europe compared to their home market." What could possibly go wrong?

mab said...

So much for liquid assets! Clearly, they're at the point of no return!

It's all about maintaining a credible deterrent. The Fed's plan is to keep a loaded gun pointed at liquid assets. If too many (excluding banks) desire too much liquidity they pull the trigger and it all goes from affluent to effluent.

The Fed will never take away the punch bowl. The water hole is a different story.

Stagflationary Mark said...


A "Reverse Yankee" sounds like a secret hazing ritual at an ivy league fraternity. So if something does go wrong, I'm sure great effort will be made to keep it quiet, lol. Sigh.

Stagflationary Mark said...


No matter how much we're showered with liquidity, the result is always the same. We'll need a holding tank for the greywater.

Drinking the liquidity is not the same though. We'll need a special holding tank for the black water.

If we want private security then we'll need Blackwater. One person's holding tank is just another person's holding cell.

Got waterboards? They are like snowboards in a way. Reminds me of the quote from one of the top executives at my last employer during the multiple rounds of layoffs.

"We have a fun environment with creativity and fun."