Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat
When you’re on the move, whether it’s to bike, hike, walk or run, it’s of the utmost importance, especially in the hot and humid July and August temperatures, to stay hydrated. Keeping water on-hand and drinking often is necessary to your health (your heart will thank you!), but also a requirement to perform at your peak. We often hear about the important of staying hydrated and drinking 8 glasses of water per day, but it’s easy to forget how much you’ve consumed when you’re on the go, which is why we’re sharing with you some tricks to staying hydrated this summer.
Forget the 8 glass rule – Sixty-four ounces may be too much for inactive people or far too little for those who exercise or work outdoors. Hydration needs can change daily and are highly individual.
Drink more above 70/70 – When the temperature and humidity are both above 70, you enter the dehydration danger zone. Sip frequently from a water bottle, and drink before, during, and after vigorous activity.
Hydrate first – Begin exercise well-hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids the day before and within the hour before, during and after your exercise session.
Stay away from energy drinks – They contain large amounts of sugar and stimulants that can be counterproductive and dangerous.
Turn to fruit – Many fruits are a great source of both electrolytes and fluids. Bananas and dates are known for having high levels of the electrolyte potassium, making them a great option for refueling during an intense workout.
Muscle fatigue – Pay attention to your body. Lean muscle tissue contains more than 75 percent water, so when the body is short on H2O, muscles are more easily fatigued.
Heart happy – Your blood is 80% water; if you don’t replace what’s lost every day, blood thickens, forcing your heart to work harder and raising your risk of a heart attack.
No matter what kind of workout you participate in, one thing remains the same: hydration. At HRM, we make it easy to stay hydrated while exercising. Camelbak water bottles are made to be your perfect workout companion. Camelbak Podium water bottles and Vapur water bottles are just two options that every athlete will love. For bikers and hikers, hydration packs from Camelbak, Geigerrig and Deuter allow for continuous, easy, comfortable hydration while you’re on the move.