3 Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated throughout your day and drinking enough fluids before, after and during physical activity is vital to providing your body with the nutrients it needs to perform properly. Proper hydration is key to staying active and healthy
Here are 3 easy tips to make sure you and your family stay hydrated.
- Monitor Hydration. Hydration needs vary among individuals, but in general, the more physical activity your do, the more hydration you need. Air temperature, body size, the intensity and duration of your workout and your fitness level all affect your hydration needs. Monitor sweat loss and urine color as practical indicators of hydration levels. Remember that swimmers need to hydrate too!
- Signs of Dehydration. Early signs of dehydration include thirst, flushed skin, fatigue, faster breathing and faster pulse rate. As you become more severely dehydrated, you may notice dizziness, increased labor with exercise and weakness. Optimally, try to stay hydrated throughout your day and exercise so that you do not reach a state of dehydration.
- Replace Fluids. Water is the best drink for staying hydrated. Try limiting soda and juice, and if water gets boring, add in lemon or lime slices for flavor. Sports drinks may be appropriate for athletes engaged in moderate to high intensity exercise that lasts and hour or longer. Consult with your pediatrician or registered dietitian nutritionist if you are concerned about your child’s hydration levels.
If you would like more easy, fun tips on incorporating health into your life, set up a free health consultation today with KareBoost Health. We focus on making health fun for the whole family, and can support you on your journey through life.
Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach