Hydration is crucially important to good health and as temperatures begin to rise, it’s important to remember that one needs to do everything he or she can to stay hydrated – even if that means taking along an extra water bottle
Warminster, PA (PRWEB) June 02, 2011
For Heart Rate Monitors USA, hydration is something that’s built into their mission. As a leading online retailer of heart rate monitors, water bottles, hydration packs, and pedometers, HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com is committed to keeping people healthy and hydrated, no matter what their activity levels.
This summer, as temperatures start to rise, Heart Rate Monitors USA wants to remind everyone to stay hydrated. Water is important, but it can be much more valuable than one thinks.
Losing just 2% of one's body weight can make a huge impact; it’s true. Hydration is crucially important to good health and as temperatures begin to rise, it’s important to remember that one needs to do everything he or she can to stay hydrated – even if that means taking along an extra water bottle.
When one begins to sweat and breathe heavy, the body makes some changes, the first of which deals with temperature regulation. As the body loses water, the ability to maintain a cooler temperature is disrupted, which can have dire consequences including heat craps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Plus, as one dehydrates, the body’s blood volume goes down, which means less blood flow – and oxygen – being delivered to hardworking cells. This is where one can start to feel fatigued and achy – a dangerous combination if someone is already at a high risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke. For athletes in particular, lack of water also means additional lactic acid buildup and a higher risk of cramping.
So exactly how much water should a person be drinking? Well, everyone is a bit different. Depending on calorie intake and activity level, one may need quite a bit more than the recommended eight glasses per day. In fact, that eight glass measurement is based mostly on a 2,000 calorie diet with the rule being to drink one milliliter of water for every one calorie burned. Do the math and 2,000 milliliters is about eight cups of H2O. If a person is more active, he or she should up his or her water intake to make up for the water lost through sweat and heavy breathing (water vapor).
These are just some basic facts about hydration and heat, but here are some additional ways that one can make it easier to stay hydrated as warmer weather sets in:
-Make it a habit to drink before, during, and after activity. Staying well hydrated means that one can feel his or her best, no matter how he or she chooses to spend his or her time.
-Overhydration can be just as dangerous as dehydration. Athletes should try drinking sports drinks as well as water before, during, and after exercise to replenish electrolytes and sodium.
-Going on a trip to the theme park? Avoid paying too much for bottled water and ensure everyone in the family stays hydrated by carrying along a hydration backpack. Camelbak offers hydration backpacks for everyone in the family. Also great for hiking, picnics, or other outdoor outings.
-Keep a reusable water bottle nearby at all times. Heart Rate Monitors USA recommends any of the BPA-free water bottles from Camelbak. They’re extremely portable, making them a must for taking to work, school, practice, to the gym, or anywhere else one needs to go.
For more tips and tools to stay hydrated, visit HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.
About Heart Rate Monitors USA:
Heart Rate Monitors USA is a trusted online retailer of fitness essentials to help people stay healthy and fit, no matter what their sport or lifestyle. From Camelbak water bottles for hydration on the go to heart rate monitors and blood pressure machines, Heart Rate Monitors USA is your source for what you need to keep moving. Did we mention that we also offer free shipping? Visit HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com or give us a call at 1-800-403-8285 for more information.