Since the summer heat is kicking in, it’s crucial that everyone kicks in water hydration habits to ensure healthy living. Keeping the body hydrated allows the heart to more easily pump blood, resulting in muscles that work more efficiently. Without proper hydration, dehydration can increase chances of swollen feet, headaches and life threatening illnesses such as a heat stroke. Below, you can find tips on how to stay properly hydrated during the hotter months of the year.
- Prevent Yourself From Becoming Thirsty-thirst is a sign that your body is dehydrated
- Monitor Urine Color– urine should be pale yellow rather than dark yellow.
- Drink water before, during and after exercising.
- Drink water & sports drink when exercising in extreme heat or for longer than one hour-be sure to include a sports drink that has necessary electrolytes and 6-8% carbohydrates. Including a sports drink in your extreme workout prevents “hyponatremia” from taking place, which can dilute your blood and cause severe impairment or even death.
- Don’t drink alcohol the day before or the day of intense exercise.
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies- not only do they contain a great amount of vitamins but also water.
- Weigh Yourself Before and After Workout- Weigh yourself in order to see the amount of water that was lost during your workout. For every pound lost after your workout, drink three cups of liquid.
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