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Summer Hydration Tips for Runners

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We are still into the dog days of summer. It’s important to pay attention to your hydration as you exercise both outside and inside.

First, you’ve probably read that the age old rule that you need eight glasses of water a day is just an old wives tale. Medical expert now say that there’s no right amount. It’s case by case and should be determined by age, size, amount of exercise, amount of time spent outdoors, health conditions, and even the particular requirements of medication that you may be taking.

Your diet is a great way to get hydrated and stay hydrated. Many of the things we eat – good things – provide great hydration and nutrients. Watermelon for instance, is, as the name suggests, full of good hydration but an average serving also contains more potassium than a banana. Other fluid rich veggies include oranges, tomatoes, cantaloupe, berries, celery and cucumbers. Use them in salads or just as a snack.

Chilled vegetable soups such as fruit soups, gazpacho or even vichyssoise are great in the hot weather and help maintain fluids. Frozen grapes and berries make an excellent snack. Smoothies using fruits and low fat yogurt or milk can also beat the heat.

The bottom line is to never lose sight of your hydration needs. Stay ahead of it by sipping water all day. Pay attention to the weather and pay special attention to older people and children who may not pay attention to it themselves.