As the summer months are quickly approaching, focusing on your fluid intake is as important as ever. If you are planning to do any physical activity outdoors in high temperatures, you are at a higher risk for dehydration.
Dehydration vs Adequate Hydration
Dehydration during physical activity impairs concentration, coordination, and reduces stamina.
Taking in enough fluid, on the other hand, plays an important role in digestion, metabolic functioning, satiety, and energy. An easy way to determine how much water you need each day is by doing this simple calculation:
Your body weight ¸ 2 = total number of ounces of water needed per day.
For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, your daily water intake should reach 75 ounces.
Handy App to Track Water Intake
Many of you may track your daily food intake, but you may forget to track how much water you’re drinking each day. A great app to track your water intake is called Waterlogged. It’s free and very user friendly. You can choose your daily goal in number of ounces and you can even set reminders for yourself to stay on track!
Focusing on keeping yourself well hydrated will maximize your exercise performance, prevent you from eating when you’re not actually hungry, and keep your mind sharp. Make it a goal to keep yourself hydrated to be the best version of you!