Keeping yourself hydrated in hot conditions is the most effective method for protecting yourself against heat-related illnesses. To keep your body functioning at its peak, Ohio Medical Group Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Matthew Schaeffer recommends drinking at least six to eight glasses of water per day. And that's just for people doing routine activities—if you're outside in hot weather for most of the day or engaged in vigorous physical activity outdoors, you need to drink even more fluids.
You know you need to drink water, but how many times have you gotten in to the summer heat and realized that you didn't have any water to drink? Here are some tips for making sure you are prepared to beat the heat with hydration:
Keep a reusable water bottle with you.
You can fill it up before you leave home and then refill it when you find a water fountain.
Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink
The Centers for Disease Control says that when you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Stay hydrated so you don't get to that point. You don't want to be outside in the hot sun and search for a water fountain or a place to buy a bottle of water.
Give your water some flavor
Many people say they don't drink water because they want something with "taste." Don’t let the desire for something tastier get in the way of staying hydrated. You can add the juice from fruits and vegetables like lemon, strawberry or cucumber to your water to help you find it more interesting to drink.
Bring sports drinks along with you exercise
For specific information on how to get the most benefits from drinking sports drinks while exercising, check out our free Summer Survival Guide download.