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Staying Hydrated this Summer

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The hottest time of the summer is here in most regions! That can make it tough to stick to your summer weight loss programs. It can sometimes be hard to motivate yourself to get up and get active when it’s sweltering outside. That’s where working out with a personal trainer can help!

If you are managing to stay in active this summer, good for you!

Whatever you’re doing this summer though, it’s important that you make sure to stay hydrated. During the hot summer weather, it’s easy to get dehydrated, no matter what you’re doing. This is especially true if you’re up and about exercising.

Here are a few tips for staying hydrated this summer.

Carry a Water Bottle with you

If you’re out for a walk, getting in a run or just going to work, take a water bottle along with you. There are a number of different energy drinks and sports drinks out there but, when it comes to staying hydrated, you can’t go wrong with plain old water in most situations. Taking a bottle with you and even keeping one at your desk at work can encourage you to drink water throughout the day, which is an important part of staying hydrated.

Alternate Water with Other Drinks

When you’re eating, you may wish to have another drink such as juice, soda pop or alcohol along with your meal. This is fine, but have water as well. Many drinks are high in sodium and sugar and they can leave you dehydrated. This is especially true with alcohol. If you’re at a bar or having drinks on a patio, order a water along with your other drink and take turns drinking from both glasses.

Eat Healthy Whole Foods

Natural foods such as fruits and vegetables are rich in water, which can keep you hydrated. Processed foods contain minimal water. Plus, they often have high levels of salt which can be detrimental to your health.

Recognize the Signs of Dehydration

Whether you’re working out or not, it’s important to recognize the signs for dehydration. These signs include weakness, dizziness, dry mouth, dark urine, nausea and vomiting as well as other signs. If you begin to feel unwell, stop whatever activity you are doing and take a break. Drink some water. If you continue to feel unwell, you may wish to contact a doctor or medical professional. You should do so if you experience confusion, dizziness or weakness that does not stop when you rest.

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