Hydration Tips for Hot Weather
By Sara Butler
Staying hydrated is always important, but in the summertime, it becomes even more so. Add in some outdoor exercise, and you need to make sure you're wetting your whistle as much as possible. When it's hot and humid out, here are a few tips you can use to help you stay hydrated.
When You're Thirsty, Drink
According to Dr. Irvine Salapas, Baylor University primary care physician sports medicine, on the Baylor College of Medicine website, "the rule of thumb is that if you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated," particularly when you're doing anything active -- such as sports or work.
Physiology dictates your behavior. When you're thirsty, it's your body telling you that it's time to drink something. It's a reminder that hey -- it's time to take a drink.
There's no exact amount of water that is right for everyone. A lot of what you need depends on your height, weight, and exercise level. Your brain monitors the balance between salt and water in the body constantly, so listen when it's telling you to take a sip.
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Exercising outside when it's hot is a strenuous activity, but you don't have to reach for a sports drink if you want to replenish your electrolytes. Water is always an ideal choice, but if you want to spice things up a bit, then consider adding some flavor to your water.
The simple fact is that the better the water tastes, the more likely you'll be to take a drink. So, go for some fruit-infused water or kick it up with some fresh mint. Anything that gets you to drink more water is a winner.
Start Your Day Off Hydrated
Before you ever step outside in the sticky heat to exercise, make sure to start out well hydrated. When you get up in the morning, drink a glass of water before your morning coffee and have another glass before you go outside to get that body moving.
When it's really hot outside, you may be tempted to pour water over your head to cool off, but it'll do a lot more good in your stomach than on top of your noggin. The only way to really cool down is to hydrate and that water over your head isn't going to help you accomplish that goal.
Hydration is important and it's nothing you want to mess around with. Follow these tips and you'll stay hydrated no matter what the summertime weather throws your way!
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