Summer may not have officially begun, but the warm weather has already arrived. When summer hits it generally inspires people to take their workouts outdoors. I am all for people being more active and changing up their routine with outdoor activities, but it’s important to be aware of your hydration. A warmer atmosphere can cause dehydration fairly easily due to excessive sweating. Not only are you at risk for dehydration, but heat exhaustion and heat stroke are also of concern. Signs of dehydration include fatigue, dizziness and muscle cramps . To make sure you stay strong during your workouts this summer, try to follow these simple guidelines:
1. Try to work out early or late if you can. Working out early in the morning and later in the evening will prevent you from exhausting yourself in the hot sun and heat.
2. Drink 2 glasses of water 1 hour before working out.
3. Sip water every 15 minutes during your workouts.
4. A sport drink may be used when working out in high heat for more than an hour.
5. Continue to drink water following your workout to replenish lost fluid.