The warm summer months are here, and while we all want to be outside enjoying the sun as much as possible, it can be very easy to neglect the importance of hydration during the summer. With countless gatherings and many free-flowing adult beverages, it can be easy to forget to drink enough water during these hot summer days.
If you’re feeling thirsty, chances are you’re already dehydrated, and once you’ve reached that point, it can take time to properly recover. If you’re planning on maximizing your time outdoors this summer, here are a few tips for staying hydrated:
Make H20 a Habit
We all know that drinking water is essential, but it can be so easy to let this habit fall by the wayside. Warmer weather during the summer means that we naturally sweat much more, which makes replenishing the water we lose when we sweat even more important. A good general rule is to aim for drinking seven to ten ounces of fluid every ten or twenty minutes while exercising. Even if you’re just hanging out at the beach, making an effort to sip some water every hour or so can be extremely beneficial.
Sip Sports Drinks and Coconut Water
When our body ramps up efforts to keep cool, and we begin to sweat more, we also lose critical electrolytes. Although water keeps us hydrated, it doesn’t replenish lost electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals found naturally in the blood that help regulate the amount of water in the body, in addition to other important functions. Many sports drinks contain the vital electrolytes your body needs, and coconut water is also a highly effective substitute.
Find the Fruit
Many fruits are also excellent sources of electrolytes and fluids, although the specific amount can differ depending on the type of fruit. Bananas and dates contain high levels of potassium, which helps the body refuel after intense workouts. Drinking water while munching fruits is a great way to stay hydrated while also keeping your electrolyte levels up.
Check the Toilet
We all find ourselves needing to run to the bathroom in the midst of a fun time out in the sun, and it can be tough to pull away from our activities at times, but these quick bathroom breaks are a great time to assess our efforts at staying hydrated. When you’re properly hydrated, your urine will ideally be a pale yellow color. Dark yellow urine is a telltale sign of dehydration.
Mind your Muscles
You might be surprised to find out that lean muscle tissue contains more than 75 percent water. When the body is dehydrated, muscles become fatigued much more easily. If you’re committed to staying active during the summer, staying hydrated will go a long way towards helping you avoid a decline in muscular performance as the day wears on.
At Vitality Fitness, we provide a number of fitness classes to help you stay in shape this summer, but we also know there is so much to do outdoors that we want to help you stay healthy and active during the nicest months of the year. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-587-777-3378 to learn more about our fitness classes today!