Sweltering Heat

Sweltering Heat

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There’s no doubt about it. Depending on where you are in the world, you may be in the midst of sweltering summer heat. While we can’t control the temperature, we can control our own body heat to some degree.

In South Florida, we have some options. We can stay inside all day (not a great option), we can take several cool showers per day (better option), we can dress in layers that are easily added or removed (great idea), and we can stay well hydrated to avoid dehydration (now THAT’S an idea!).

Focus and Form Fitness are advocates of regular hydration as one of the best ways to keep your body temperature regulated. Many of our clients complain of thirst, especially during the summer months. As health and fitness professionals, we know that once you are thirsty, you are already in the throes of some degree of dehydration. At that point, it is an effort to climb out.

To avoid any stage of dehydration, drink lots of water. That doesn’t mean gallons at a time. That means small sips throughout the day. We are not going to give you an exact amount of water to consume, because that becomes a chore in itself. Additionally, the amount of re-hydration your body need depends on the amount of water that is drawn out (through regular activity or exercise).

Remember that sports drinks are meant for exactly that: SPORTS. We have to see people walking around the grocery store sipping these sugary drinks all day. Unless you are an athlete, and unless you are losing electrolytes by sustaining and maintaining an elevated heart rate for a significant amount of time during exercise (or sport), water will do the trick for you. Not sure if you qualify for a sports drink or not? Read my latest recipe for homemade sports drinks.

Stay healthy and hydrated and enjoy the rest of your summer!

In Health, Hydration and Wellness,

Shereen Rios BAS, CPT for Focus and Form Fitness

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