As summer gets into full swing, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on your hydration. Without it, your body can’t produce the sweat it needs to regulate your core body temperature during workouts.
As summer gets into full swing, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on your hydration. Without it, your body can’t produce the sweat it needs to regulate your core body temperature during workouts. This can lead to dehydration, leaving you dealing with dizziness, muscle cramps, headaches and even heat stroke.
Here are some worthwhile water-drinking tips to beat the summer heat:
Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. And don’t forget: the more you’re sweating out, the more you’ll need to take in.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. By the time you feel it, you’ll have probably already lost 2 or more cups of your total body water composition.
Drink water throughout the day to curb your appetite and cravings.
Keep a water bottle in your car, in your handbag and at your desk. Always having some within reach will prevent settling for soda.
Drink cool water. It actually absorbs much more quickly than warm and may help to cool off your overheated body.
Don’t count on getting hydration from alcoholic or caffeine-filled drinks. They act as diuretics, and can actually cause you to lose more water through increased urination.
Drink water throughout your workout. The general rule is to drink 4 to 6 ounces of water for every 15 minutes of exercise.
If you exercise for longer than 60 minutes at a high intensity and/or in extreme conditions, consider a sports drink during and after your workout to replenish your body with the fluid, nutrients and valuable electrolytes it requires.
Try out a hydration system found at most sports stores. They’re great for longer walks/runs and bike rides because they fit comfortably on your back while offering a constant stream of water as you exercise.
Plan your walks and runs on paths with drinking fountains nearby.
– Life Fitness