With temperatures in the high 80s over the past few weeks, it's official. Summer is here.
To protect ourselves from the blistering heat, water should become our new best friend.
According to personal trainer Nicholas Pitt of All About You Fitness Studio, under normal conditions, about 1,000ml of water should be enough to keep us hydrated each day. However, during the summer, and especially if you are working out, you definitely have to double up. "Anything you do, you loose a lot of liquid and you need to replenish. In the summer, it takes more energy to move and in everything you do the body works harder." He notes that when one is not properly hydrated they become faint and dizzy.
He recommends an eight ounce glass of water every one and a half hour. "Rehydrate so you don't dehydrate. Don't wait until you feel thirsty," he recommends.
However, where workout is involved, the body needs electrolytes which are usually found in sports drinks. However, he cautions that these drinks are high in sugar and you have to be careful as you don't want to add that to your daily caloric intake.
"I recommend them (sports drinks) when you are training. However, you don't want to add the calories in these drinks to your daily caloric intake but it depend on what your goals are. If you are building muscles its fine that you have them during your workout but outside of that make sure that you have only water."