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06/15/2011 - Staying Hydrated, brought to you by BiPro USA

On warm summer days, it’s nice to take the whole family outside to work off a little bit of energy!
Swimming, bike riding, and just running around are all great ways to take advantage of the nice weather and squeeze in a workout at the same time!

Just make sure you take a time-out to stay hydrated!

Your body loses water every day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot or when you exercise. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

There are different recommendations for water intake each day for different people. A good goal is to aim for drinking 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day.
However, some people are at higher risk of dehydration and may require more water throughout the day, including those who get a lot of exercise, have certain medical conditions or are sick.
Elder adults are also at higher risk because as you age, your brain may be unable to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst.

If you’re heading out for a run or participating in an intense sporting activity such as basketball, try to take in 4 to 6 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes during your activity.
During longer workouts (90 minutes or more), some of your fluid intake should include a sports drink to replace lost sodium and other minerals and electrolytes. The carbohydrates and electrolytes in the sports drink also help you absorb the fluids faster.

If you want to add some flavor to your water, without adding a lot of extra calories, try Crystal Light. They have tons of flavors with only 5 calories per serving. Then add in a scoop of  Unflavored BiPro Whey Protein for an extra 20g of protein for only 80 calories.

Stay happy, healthy and hydrated this summer!

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