Everyone has a different idea of what to do when it is hot out. Some people stop what they are doing and some grab a “cold one”. Some drink water and some work even harder in the heat. But what’s going to satisfy your body when the heat is up. What should you drink when you are biking 30km, golfing for 5 hours or gardening in the backyard all day.
Even today, many people don’t keep something with them to stay hydrated when they are outside. Most of us wait until we go back inside to replenish our fluids. These are bad plans. Vigorous exercise in hot weather can be challenging and even dangerous and should be done cautiously on very hot days. In very hot conditions you can loose as much as 2 liters of water per hour. If those fluids are not replenished, the body begins to be dehydrated and can affect every system in your body. Muscles loose strength, your heart has to work harder and your brain functions slower.
The amount of water needed to keep you hydrated depends on many factors including your height, weight, body temperature and type of exercise you are doing. Regardless of those factors, here are some important tips.