Is it just me or is it crazy hot at the moment? The humidity is stifling and it’s almost too much to handle. It also doesn’t make working out very easy either. When I was training at the gym last week I heard about a young lady who had passed out at the water fountain and it really made me think about my fluid intake.
Hydration is important no matter what, but when it’s really hot and you’re hitting the gym it’s even more important as you are losing fluid a lot faster. If you’re not getting enough water while working out you could experience muscle cramps, fatigue, dizziness and heat stroke.
The golden rule about drinking water before you actually feel thirsty still stands, but when it’s really hot its best to drink water according to a schedule to enusre you are getting enough. You also need to avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks as these will dehydrate you more.
Consuming a sports water like Horley’s Replace when you’re training can help to replenish your fluids and energy (it’s also great to reduce the effects of a hangover if you do choose to over indulge). It contains electrolytes which encourage absorption, sodium to promote fluid retention and its isotonic, which helps maintain your fluids. If you are planning on doing an intense work out, then a sports drink as well as water could be the best option for you.
Top tips for staying hydrated
- Keep a bottle of water with you at work, which will encourage you to drink more.
- If plain water is not your thing, try adding a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber to your drink.
- When exercising, make sure you drink water before, during and after your workout.
- Try to sip water every 15 minutes when exercising.
- When you’re feeling hungry, drink water first as the sensation of thirst is often confused with hunger.
- Weigh yourself before and after your workout – any weight loss is likely to be from fluid. This will indicate if you are drinking enough water and if you need to drink more.