Published date: July 15, 2022
Staying hydrated is especially important during the summer to help prevent the risk of heat stress. Children are often more active during summer due to extra free time. Heightened activity combined with high temperatures causes more sweating and an increased need to replace fluids that prevent dehydration.
Did you know sweating is the body's way of maintaining a normal temperature? It cools the body and prevents the excessive build-up of internal heat. Replacing that lost water is essential for our bodies to function properly. Water also aids in the digestion and absorption of food and nutrients, assists in new tissue development and regulates every living cell's processes and chemical reactions. Staying hydrated can even help improve concentration, focus and mood.
Even with increased perspiration during the summer, it is possible to stay hydrated by implementing a few key strategies:
Staying hydrated is important for athletes, especially during summer practices and workouts. Dehydrated Athletes not only have an increased risk for heat-related illnesses but can also see reductions in their ability to perform at high levels. Athletes who are better-hydrated perform and recover better after intense rounds of exercise. The key to success is developing an individualized hydration strategy to set the athlete up for success.
Athletes can maintain proper hydration by utilizing the following tips:
Athletes can track their sweat loss by weighing themselves before and after practice. Athletes should aim to replace every pound of lost weight with 16-24 oz. of water.