It’s hot out there, y’all. Not just a “glistening sweat” type of hot, but an “I stopped running 30 minutes ago, and I’m still dripping everywhere” kind of hot. Water is my best friend right now—if I’m not pouring it all over myself in an effort to cool, I’m drinking as much as I can.
Though hydration for exercise is essential year-round, it becomes particularly important in the summertime, when many of us work out in high temperatures. When working out, fluids help us regulate temperature, transport nutrients, and keep the mind and body moving. Studies have found that even small amounts of dehydration cause a world of hurt—muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
In a joint position paper released by the American College of Sports Medicine, American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada, athletes are urged to drink before, during, and after exercise for “health and optimal performance.” Most of the time, good ol’ tap water should do the trick in keeping your body in a hydrated state, but sometimes a Fit Bottomed Girl needs a little more oomph in her agua.