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12 January 2016 @ 12:30 am
life hack?  
At my Taekwondo place, there is a visiting master who, when ever she led class, I would feel horribly sick and not be able to make it through the whole class. This left me crying, feeling horrible physically and hating myself mentally. I hated it.

Last time I got the theory that I was over heating, because when I had to quit I felt immediately better when I put a wet towel on the back of my neck.

So I went and found a special cloth my mother bought me for hot taiko days which contains the chemical that holds on to water. The idea is that you soak it, and then tie it around your neck to feel cooler.

AND IT WORKED!

I did the whole class and didn't feel remotely nauseous!

She said, "well maybe you are just stronger." I said, "no, it was like a switch!"

So apparently my body has a heat dump problem and I seem to have foudn a workaround.

I wonder if this is why exercise so often makes me feel just horrible.

(BTW, except for the classes where I did feel queasy, TKD makes me feel pretty good. Every now and then I'll twig my knee or shoulder, but other than that it is really making me feel better physically. Mentally I'm in a good state where I've stopped caring about how fast I progress, which for me is important. I'm enjoying the doing, not the goal.)
 
 
 
dr4b on January 14th, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
When I lived in Japan, people always would have these things in the summer where you put ice packs or something in a bandana-like thing and tie it around your neck, with the idea that if you keep the back of your neck cold, the rest of your body will feel cold. Contrariwise, this is why (someone told me) you'll see young Japanese women in the winters wearing short miniskirts and basically summer clothes, but they've got a really warm scarf on around their neck! I don't really buy it, though.