Remember to Stay Hydrated This Summer!
Now that the warm weather has arrived and the summer is nearly officially here, you’re likely spending more time outside enjoying the sunshine and the summer heat. You may have even taken your workouts outside in order to get more time in the sun. That’s a great idea, but it’s important that you remember to stay hydrated during the summer months.
Hydration is very important. It’s especially important during the summer when high temperatures can cause you to sweat more, making replenishing fluids even more crucial.
That said, a lot of us don’t drink enough water. There are a lot of reasons for this. Maybe you’re too busy with your hectic day and you forget, maybe you don’t actually know how much water to drink, or maybe you just don’t enjoy drinking water. Whatever the reasons, many of us don’t consume enough water regularly. This can be bad for your health and potentially dangerous.
Here are a few tips for staying hydrated this summer:
One of the main reasons that people don’t drink enough water throughout the day is because they forget or because they don’t have water on them when they need it. To solve this, bring water with you, even when you’re not working out. Carrying a bottle of water with you (and keeping one at your desk at work, in your car or anywhere else that you’re going to be) will make it easy to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Place reminders in your phone, email or calendar to remind you to drink water throughout the day. This will eventually make drinking more water a habit that you won’t have to be reminded about in the future.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
You don’t just get water from liquids. Fruits and vegetables all contain varying amounts of water, so adding more of these to your diet will keep you from suffering from dehydration.
Alcohol is very dehydrating, despite being a liquid. During hot summer months, limit your intake of alcohol and be sure to alternate between alcoholic drinks and water to ensure that you stay hydrated.
Drink When You Eat
Make a point to have a hydrating drink such as water with every meal. Not only will this keep you from getting dehydrated, but it could also keep you from overeating.
Track your Water
Whether you use an app, a website or a piece of paper and a pen, it’s a good idea to keep track of how much water you drink. This will motivate you to make sure that you drink enough.