Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion
“If you don’t consume enough fluids, the summer heat can cause dehydration and damage to your body,” says Tehrany. This rings especially true if you’re launching into high-intensity workouts without letting your body adjust to the rise in temperature. Read Heat Acclimatization Tips: How to Prepare for Warm Weather Races and Outdoor Workouts. You need to have a new regimen in place that includes the right training, diet, and calculated level of exposure (that means, in the beginning of the season, plan your hard workouts in the early or late part of the day when it’s cooler) so you don’t suffer from heat exhaustion in high temps and humidity.
Dehydration is also a common occurrence among athletes in the summer. You’re sweating more and your body demands a higher h2o intake. Eat more water-rich foods that keep you cool and hydrated, and drink water and cold-pressed juices (in moderation) to fuel your body. “Hydration provides extra strength to your bones by improving bone density, and preserves muscle flexibility and skin elasticity, too,” Tehrany adds.
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