The beautiful weather is reason enough for those who normally hit the treadmill to hit the paths, and outdoor sports will certainly see a lot of action during the summer. However, with the increase in temperature also comes the likelihood of dehydration. The warmer temperatures will certainly cause more sweating for those exercising and dehydration is a very real threat that can lead to a myriad of problems including dizziness, nausea, and even heatstroke.
One of the first signs of dehydration is an increased thirst, but by the time your body alerts you of this, you’re probably already dehydrated. One sure fire way to keep yourself from becoming dehydrated is to ensure you’re hydrating adequately both before, during, and after your workouts. Most people are great at hydrating during and after workouts as they have become dehydrated, but hydrating before workouts is an excellent way to prevent dehydration from occurring in the first place.
There isn’t exactly one recommended dosage of water for everyone, as a lot of this depends on factors such as body composition and levels of exertion, but a general guideline is to drink 7 to 10 oz of water every 10 to 20 minutes. Combined with ensuring you’re adequately hydrated before and after your workout can fend off dehydration.
It can be tough to remember to hydrate yourself during workouts, so try and make use of those smartphones that seems to be attached to everyone these days. Set an alarm or a reminder for yourself during workouts to stop and hydrate. You’ll appreciate that precious 10-second break, and your body will ultimately thank you in the long run.
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