In the hottest months of the year, it is important to keep your body hydrated and be knowledgeable about hydration. Staying hydrated does more than just prevent you from being thirsty. According to Harvard University’s School of Public Health, drinking water is important “to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly.” They also said that being “well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.”
A general rule of thumb is to drink 64 fluid ounces of water per day, but recent studies by the Mayo Clinic have shown that men need to consume one more liter of water than women. However, how much water you drink truly depends on factors like exercise and the environment. If the weather is hot and humid, the body is more likely to release more fluids and become dehydrated faster, meaning you will need to replenish your body more often. Additionally, when you find yourself on the courts for multiple hours a day, you will want to stay hydrated and replenish your electrolytes.
With the choices of juice, soda, or other sugary beverages, many people do not reach their recommended water intake per day. Here are a few ways that you can change your water drinking habits:
- Keep a cold-water bottle with you everywhere you go – you are more likely to drink it if you have easy access!
- If you want to order a sugary drink like soda with a meal, order sparkling water instead.
- When consuming an alcoholic beverage, have a glass of water between each drink to prevent dehydration.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables as they are high in water content and important nutrients and vitamins!
- Use an app to track daily water intake – we are in the digital age after all!
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With so many ways to stay hydrated, try testing them out to see which one fits with your daily routine. When you remember to hydrate, you will notice a difference in your body and mind! Happy hydrating!
By Alaina Greco, Marketing Intern