Staying Hydrated During Summer Exercise Routines

by Emily Baird on June 1, 2010 at 6:57 am

As we transition our winter workout schedules to summer routines, we need to be aware that the increase in temperatures is going to allow us to sweat more, whether we are indoors or outside.

That means consuming more fluids because local trainers say water is the most important element to fuel our bodies.

"Our bodies are over 60% water, and if you get to a point where you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. So, you want to make sure you’re on a regular schedule drinking water, " says trainer Alainna Durfee.

It’s recommended you drink plenty before you workout, while you’re working out, and after your workout so you don’t deplete your body of water, but there are visible signs of dehydration.

"If you start to feel muscle cramps, tired, or even dizzy, you need to sit down wherever you’re at, " says Durfee.

You should also hold off on the Gatorade, Powerade, or Vitamin Water until you’re done exerting yourself so you can refuel your body with electrolytes.