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Beat the Heat: Hydrate Properly

Beat the Heat: Hydrate Properly

We know you’ve heard about how important it is to hydrate properly throughout your entire life — especially in the summer heat. However, are you doing it properly? It is easy to “push through” and not take in the proper amount of liquid to help get you through your workout and to avoid dehydration. Try using some of these tips to help you hydrate better and have a better summer workout. 

Fruits Hydrate 
Although water is the most common and perhaps the best source of hydration, many fruits offer an excellent source of hydration too. Grapefruit, oranges, and watermelon are fruits with high water content. 

Don’t Settle for Boring Water 
Yes. Water can get a bit boring, especially with the amount of water you're supposed to drink. If you suffer from water boredom, try giving your glass of water a boost. Squeeze a lemon, add a few raspberries, or even use mint leaves to give your water a little variety. 

Drink a Glass of Water Before Each Meal 
Use your meals as a reminder to drink water. Every meal should come with at least one glass of water. This is great for hydration reminders, but it is also good for regulating your calories at meals. 

Keep a Water Bottle Close
You’ve heard the term “out of sight, out of mind?” If you constantly have a water bottle at the ready to quench your thirst, you will more likely take a drink. Try carrying a water bottle around, even when you are not working out, this will help you get into the routine. 

Stay Away from Energy Drinks 
We know you’ve seen the commercials for energy drinks. They are not healthy. Yes, these drinks give you an immediate boost. However, they can increase blood pressure, and the sugar amounts are not healthy. Stick with H2O. 

Drink More When Exercising 
A bit of common sense, but we cannot stress it enough. While working out you should drink more water. You should drink 4-6 ounces of water every 15-20 minutes of exercising. Plus, you should drink ample amounts of water before and after your workout. 

During the summer months, it’s crucial to stay hydrated when working out. A Fitness Together personal trainer can help guide you to proper hydration throughout your workouts. Drinking plenty of water is not only safe, but it will help you be more alert and perform better. Don’t have a personal trainer? Visit www.fitnesstogether.com to find one near you.