As the mercury rises, a lack of hydration can become serious quickly. Exercise causes your core body temperature to increase, and your body uses sweat to help regulate it. Dehydration occurs when that temperature stays up, but the body is unable to cool-off. This can often lead to health issues such as dizziness, muscle cramps, heat stroke and headaches.
To avoid the side effects of dehydration, here are some worthwhile water-drinking tips to beat the summer heat:
Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. The more active you are, the more fluids you’ll need to replenish.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. By the time you feel it, you’ll have probably already lost two or more cups of your total body water composition.
Drink water throughout the day to curb your appetite and cravings*. Studies have proven you’ll feel fuller and more satisfied when sufficiently hydrated.
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’s absorbed much more quickly than warm fluids and may help to cool off your overheated body.
Don’t count alcoholic or caffeine filled drinks for water. They act as diuretic beverages and can cause you to lose water through increased urination.
Drink water throughout your workout. The general rule is to drink 4-6 oz. 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 using a sports drink during and after your workout to replenish your body with the fluid, nutrients and valuable electrolytes it requires.
Try out the Camelbak Hydration System. You can find them at most sports stores. It’s a great option for longer walks/runs and bike rides because it fits 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. Typically public trails and parks are set up with us walkers and runners in mind and they have drinking fountains.
Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise visitwww.lifefitness.com/blog.
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