Summer is in full swing, and the heat did not come to play this year. 😰
We all know that staying hydrated is an important part of our fitness journey, and it becomes more important as the temperatures rise. Your muscles need water to repair and build and overall your body needs water to function. As you are adding or continuing to add daily exercise, your water intake also needs to increase. So how much water are we talking?
While a gallon a day is awesome, it’s also not for everyone and if you aren’t used to it, getting that amount can be difficult. So, as a rule of thumb, your ideal water intake should be half your body weight in ounces. Ex: If you weigh 140 pounds, your daily water intake should be 70 oz. (not including water you drink during exercise) If you are also working out, you want to increase this by 8-16 oz. During the summer, you will also want to add water throughout the day as you expend energy out in the heat. If you are exercising outside, going for a walk, playing with your kids, make sure you are drinking extra water.
Pro-tip: Water is not the only way to hydrate! There are lots of yummy fruits and veggies that contain a lot of water so you can have a snack while you hydrate! Watermelon, Pineapple, Apples, just to name a few. If drinking plain water is tough for you, add pieces of fruit to naturally flavor your water, make a fruit salad, a fruit smoothie, there are so many possibilities!
During the summer months, don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking water. That is already an early sign of dehydration, so drink up, ladies!
Bonus tip! I personally also find it easier to drink more water when I have a super cute water bottle and a straw! Seriously, a straw can be a game changer. I love my Hydrojug so much, I became an ambassador to share the love.