Looks like summer is finally here and so is the heat and humidity! While we may not notice dehydration as much in the colder temperatures, water loss and lack of hydration can severely impact our performance in the gym during the hotter months. It can also lead to increased hunger and aid in poor food choices.
Here are a few good tips when it comes to hydrating this summer to help keep you feeling your best in and outside of the gym.
1. Focus on water intake throughout the day. Pre-workout hydration is just as important as post-workout when it comes to water loss.
2. Always carry a water bottle with you so you are prepared.
3. If you are thirsty, that means you are already dehydrated at some level. Try to stay ahead by following the above steps.
4. Urine color is a great indicator of hydration levels. We are looking for light yellow to semi clear for proper levels.
5. Water can only be used in hydration if our electrolyte and sodium levels are optimal. Adding a 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan salt to your water is a great place to start and will facilitate the transport of sodium used for hydration.
6. Adding fruits and vegetables throughout the day will also aid in additional water intake while hydrating without having to drink more water.
Be careful with sports drinks and other sugar-filled “hydration” products as these rarely have adequate electrolyte levels and can often hurt our diets more than help when it comes to intake levels.
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