Simple Tips for Staying Hydrated During the Summer Months
July 27, 2012 By: Monyka Berrocosa
As I’ve been attempting to keep up with my workouts, I realized something, that in the heat, I didn’t have quite the same amount of energy I normally do. Since the weather has heated up, I’ve definitely felt more sluggish and not as filled my normal, optimum A level of “get up and go”. I wasn’t too sure why I felt this way. First, I looked at my diet, my sleep patterns and all was pretty much status quo.
Then, I did a little research about this online and I came to the conclusion that perhaps I was dehydrated.
Sure enough, it seems our bodies (which are over 90% water) need a lot more water when it’s hotter. Our bodies use water to keep all the systems going, if you know what I mean, and our temperature regulated. Stands to reason I was feeling a little less chipper and dragging, I had to get myself re-hydrated and pronto.
In my quest to become better hydrated I have come up with some easy ways to incorporate doing so into your every day.
Hopefully, they’ll help you refresh and re-energize as they have me.
M’s Hydration Tips:
- I don’t get in the car without a full bottle of fresh, cool water (from my tap in a reusable water bottle). I also use a water bottle that won’t transfer PHP’s (some plastics do so be careful about that).
- I leave extra bottles of water in my freezer, they are perfect for long trips or to take on a power walk. They melt quickly in the heat, but the water stays cool much longer.
- I stash water bottles in my kids lunches and back packs for camp so if there’s a tap nearby, they can stay hydrated.
- My bed side has a large bottle of water, which comes in particularly handy on the really hot summer nights.
- I’ve cut down on caffeine because it seems the more caffeine you injest, the more dehydrated you’ll become.
- I start my day with a full glass of water (8oz). I have also put water bottles and pretty glasses all over my office, to encourage me to refill and refresh, often.
- I’ve upped the content of fresh fruits and vegetables in my diet and pretty much don’t have lunch or dinner without some form of green, leafy salad. It has great anti-oxidants and fiber. Leafy vegetables have a high water content which helps contribute to my hydration.
- I make sure to serve large, fresh glasses of water with all meals (yes even breakfast) to myself and when they stop fast enough, my boys. It cuts down on chugging back the soda or ice tea. Bonus, it makes me feel fuller which means I eat a tad less and that’s never a bad thing.
- I make fun drinks by mixing fruit juice and seltzer water. It’s refreshing, fun, and has less calories than alcohol (which is also very dehydrating BTW…)
- I don’t work out without drinking a full 8 oz of water before I start and I make it a point to drink double that if I can immediately after.
I find the benefits of being better hydrated have been multiple and I intend to keep up with the hydration beyond the summer months.
I encourage you to make an effort to be better hydrated, your body, skin, and energy levels will thank you!