Summer is a wonderful season that allows you to enjoy being outside almost every day with very little preparation. In winter, you have to make sure that you are wearing enough layers and outer garments before leaving your home. While it’s certainly enjoyable to leave the house in a pair of shorts and sandals, it’s also important to make sure that you are staying hydrated. Continue reading today’s post to see our best tips for staying hydrated this summer.
Whether you are trying tennis for the first time or are looking for ways to advance your skills to the next level, we can help. At Gorin Tennis Academy in Granite Bay, we offer a variety of tennis camps and classes to suit all ages and abilities. Summer is a great time to sign up for one of our tennis camps and see what our program has to offer you. Contact us to learn more about Gorin Tennis and register today!
1. Eat Electrolyte-Rich Foods
Electrolytes are important because they help your body to absorb the fluids you drink, and they also assist with healthy nerve and muscle function. Sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, and calcium are all electrolytes and can easily be lost when you sweat. An easy way to quickly replace your electrolytes is to consume drinks such as Pedialyte or Gatorade. Some foods that are rich in electrolytes that should be a part of your regular diet include: greens, fish, grains, bananas, and broth-based soups.
2. Enjoy Food With a High Water Content
Foods that have a high water content are helpful in providing your body with the hydration it needs. While water is definitely important, these foods can provide additional ways of maintaining your bodily fluids. Fortunately, most of these are also in season during the summer so they shouldn’t be hard to find. Some water-rich foods that you can try are watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, and tomatoes.
3. Weigh Yourself Both Before and After Exercise
Weighing yourself before and after you exercise will provide some helpful insight into the amount of fluids that you may have lost. For example, if your scale shows that you lost one pound as a result of your exercise routine, then you have likely lost 16 ounces of water. By using the scale in this way, you can more accurately determine the amount of fluid that you need to replace to keep your body hydrated.
4. Drink Water the Night Before a Morning Workout
One step that you can take to help put yourself ahead of the hydration game is to make sure you have plenty to drink the night before. It’s important to start your workout fully hydrated, drink plenty of water during your workout, and then rehydrate once it’s over. If you are participating in one of the summer tennis camps at Gorin Tennis, then drinking water the night before can be the best solution.
If you sleep for eight hours, then you are likely waking up in a dehydrated state, even if you don’t feel thirsty. To make sure that you aren’t waking up multiple times during the night to go to the restroom, try to finish drinking water a few hours before you go to bed. Additionally, make sure to drink plenty of water once you wake up in the morning.
5. Opt for Water Instead of Soda
Many people reach for a cold soda to quench their thirst, but this is one of the worst things to consume if you’re trying to stay hydrated. Not only do they do a poor job of hydrating your body, but their high sugar content can also interfere with your body’s ability to absorb water, which can lead to further dehydration. Help yourself stay hydrated by carrying your water bottle with you everywhere you go. It is easier than ever to refill your water bottle as many water fountains now offer options for refilling your water bottle.
6. Purchase a New Water Bottle
Sometimes all it takes to motivate you to make a change is something new. For example, if you recently got a new workout outfit, then you probably found that you were more motivated to exercise. Similarly, a new water bottle can provide the motivation you need to drink more water throughout the day. While you could opt for a traditional water bottle that does nothing besides hold water, you could also purchase a water bottle that features a number of bells and whistles, including the ability to track your water intake!
7. Track Your Water Intake
While you could always try to keep a running tally in your mind as to how many cups of water you’ve consumed over the course of the day, there are apps designed to make this easier by keeping track for you. For example, there are a variety of water bottles that include blue-tooth features that connect to an app and track your water. Additionally, there are some water bottles that have a small device which lights up if you haven’t moved your bottle recently.
8. Enhance the Taste of Your Water
If drinking plenty of water is a challenge for you, then consider adding some fruits or vegetables to your water to add some flavor. Whether you choose to use a diffuser insert or simply add items to your water, you are sure to enjoy the light flavor they contribute. You could try a combination of strawberries and lemons, a few slices of cucumber, or a handful of mixed berries.
At Gorin Tennis in Granite Bay, we know that staying hydrated during the summer is an important part of improving your tennis game. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, good hydration is critical to your performance, stamina, and mental clarity. Don’t let your mind get sluggish or your skills slide by letting dehydration creep up on you!
If you’re looking for a tennis camp to help you learn the basics of tennis or improve your skills, then contact Gorin Tennis in Granite Bay to schedule a tour of our facilities and learn more.