By Samantha Giordano
We’re quick to dash the minute we see the sun, but your health could be at risk if you don’t hydrate properly.
“Blood volume decreases as sweat increases and your heart works harder to deliver oxygen to muscles,” explains Gia Alvarez, a certified running coach and ambassador for Lululemon and Juice Press. In the heat of the moment – literally – be sure to pay attention to symptoms such as nausea and dizziness. “Your body’s priority is the heart and it will compromise other things, such as the stomach and brain, to keep it pumping,” adds Dr. Nancy Simpkins, a board certified internist and medical advisor to the State of New Jersey.
Alvarez recommends drinking at least 16 ounces of fluids two hours prior to running. Dr. Simpkins avoids exercising between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is strongest and replaces lost fluids immediately after. But think twice about drinking water post-workout.
“Pure water is hypotonic so it won’t replace the salt that your blood lost,” says Dr. Simpkins. Alvarez turns to Nuun Tabs or Juice Press’ coconut water, which is 100% raw and unprocessed unlike most coconut waters.
And the next time you’re at the beach enjoying a Mai Tai, reconsider that jog down the coastline. “Alcohol, heat and exercise don’t mix. Your liver is trying to detoxify, your body is acclimating; it’s too much to handle,” advises Dr. Simpkins. “Be kind to your body, especially in the heat.”
For more tips from Dr. Simpkins and Gia, visit their websites and follow them on Twitter > Gia Alvarez: RunGiaRun.com / @RunGiaRun; Dr. Nancy Simpkins: NancySimpkinsMD.com / @DrNancySimpkins