Summer Hydration Tips

2 06 2015

108Although we’ve had a mild start to the summer months here in Memphis, the temperatures will be climbing soon. Especially in the humid South, you need to keep your hydration in check as it gets warmer. Here are a few of our best hydration tips for summer:

– Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day. For someone 150 pounds, that means getting in at least 75 ounces of water per day. When you’re properly hydrated, your urine should be light yellow or clear in color. The darker it is, the more water you need to consume.

– Consume about 4-6 ounces of water 20 minutes before your run or workout. Much like watering a plant, you don’t want to drown your system in water right before a run, or you’ll be making several bathroom stops. Instead, hydrate daily and top off your water intake just before a run or workout.

– During your run or workout, take in about 4 ounces of water every 20 minutes. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water– this means you’re already likely becoming dehydrated. Instead stick to a hydration schedule. Fleet Feet stocks a number of options for carrying your hydration such as handheld water bottles, water belts, camelbacks and more.

– Don’t forget your electrolytes. As you sweat more in the summer, you need to consider replacing your electrolytes. There are a number of sport drink options available, but we prefer Skratch or Nuun. Nuun is sugar-free with just 5 calories and only contains what you need to replenish your electrolytes. Skratch is an all natural hydration solution that has 40 calories per serving for those needing a bit more substance to their hydration plan.

Have questions about hydration? Stop by and ask anyone on staff! We’re happy to help.


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