6 Tips to Stay Hydrated While You Exercise This Summer
It is finally summer time! Unfortunately, summer comes along with hot and humid conditions that can have a terrible effect on your body if you have not properly hydrated and with the extreme Humid conditions and heat it gets difficult and uncomfortable to exercise.
It is important to consider the effects that the sun and warmer temperatures can have on your body and your performance, and to be sure to get appropriate hydration.
Here are six helpful tips to keep you hydrated and healthy as you exercise outdoors this summer.
- Carry water with you during your workout. Not only should you drink water in the few hours leading up to your workout, but you need to be drinking water during the workout as well. It is recommended to drink a cup of fluid every 15 minutes during your exercise session.
- Replace the fluid that you have lost. A good rule of thumb is to drink two cups of fluid for every pound that you lost due to water loss during the activity. If you have weight-loss goals, don’t be fooled into thinking that the weight you lost during the workout is a good thing. It is just water weight.
- Avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest hours of the day (generally between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.). This will make for a more comfortable training session and decrease your likelihood of becoming dehydrated.
- Recognize if you are dehydrated. There are many symptoms that determine if you are becoming dehydrated, including feeling thirsty, tired, or dizzy; and having a headache; to name a few. If you start to experience these side effects, you must rehydrate yourself before the situation becomes a medical emergency. Do not try to continue exercise if you feel you are becoming dehydrated!
- Be aware of hyponatremia! This occurs when you are consuming more fluid than you need during an activity, resulting in a low level of sodium in the bloodstream. Consuming a sports beverage rather than water during endurance activities can be beneficial to you if you experience this.
- Your water requirement may go up if you sweat a lot during the work out session. If you indulge in outdoor sports, you need to drink more water to stay hydrated. Ensure that the water that you drink is safe for consumption. Carry a bottle of water with you to ensure that you don’t fall sick or get water-borne diseases.