Summer is finally here and, as much as I love the sunshine, I do struggle in the heat! I did a 10K race at the weekend and it was so hard!! I was 2-3 minutes slower than I should’ve been and just couldn’t hydrate quick enough after which meant that I had a headache all day until I went to bed. Not good!!
So this week, I want you to learn from my mistake and keep hydrated ALL DAY, EVERY DAY!
Whether you are exercising or not, you’ll still be sweating so you need to replace that fluid lost by drinking water. Aim for 2 litres of tap or bottled water with no added sugar or sweeteners if possible.
Remember that other drinks such as coffee, fruit juice and alcohol do not count and in fact you’ll need to drink more water if you drink coffee and alcohol to counter-balance it. Sugar-free squash is ok in moderation but best case scenario is plain water or add some fresh fruit or veg for a bit of flavour.
Note: This advice is suitable for beginner level upwards, but please consult your GP or physiotherapist if you are unsure about any potential contraindications.
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