Summer is here and there are so many great activities you can do to get your blood flowing but don’t forget to stay hydrated!
Tips for staying hydrated this summer:
- Carry a reusable water bottle with you – it is cheaper than buying bottled water and it is eco-friendly!
- Add fresh fruits slices like orange, lemon, cucumber, watermelon or an herb like mint to water for a refreshing and tasty incentive to drink more.
Why do you need to stay hydrated:
During the summer-time our body loses more fluid due to the hot and humid weather – that along with most people being more active outdoors leaves us with a heightened risk of dehydration.
Best beverage for staying hydrated:
Good old H2O! Yes, water is the best beverage for staying hydrated. Water is perfect because it quenches thirst and it is calorie free. Caffeine can increase urine output which adds to dehydration.
How much water should you consume daily?
As a general rule of thumb adult females need approximately 2.2 liters of water a day while adult males need around 3 liters. The amount of water needed daily varies with each individual.
Good beverage choices for exercise:
When doing a higher intensity workout in humid/hot temperatures sports drinks can be a good choice for a recovery drink because they have carbohydrates and electrolytes but they can also be high in added sugar and sodium so read the label on the side of the bottle to see the serving size and amount of other contents per serving.
Have a wonderful summer and stay hydrated with water!!!
From your fitness and health coach,