Water is essential for all of life. In this South Texas heat, it cools us off; but if you are active and in the sun, are you drinking enough?
Strength and Conditioning Camp at the Island University is not for everyone. For the spirit squad, the August heat can test the pep of even the most cheerful.
"Sometimes it's excruciating, because there's not a lot of wind," TAMUCC sophomore Sarah Haws said. "So it makes us really hot and tired."
"It's really hot, but it's breezy right now. So it's not that bad," TAMUCC freshman Aubrey Carter said. "Usually it's really dry and sticky."
Trainers like Justin Turner are keenly aware of the importance of staying hydrated.
"It's such a vital need," said Jerry Hilker, TAMUCC's head athletic trainer. "Especially when you're talking about performance."
Hilker recommends drinking around 17-ounces of water or a sports drink about two hours before working out. During training sessions, drink smaller amounts.
"You're looking at no more than seven-10 ounces of fluid at a time," he said.
Hilker said the proper key to hydration is not waiting until you're thirsty, but rather stopping, taking a break and fueling up.
After working out, drink it up.
"The rule of thumb is for every pound lost post workout, you're consuming 20-ounces," Hilker said.
According to Hilker, water helps maintain our vital organs and helps us regulate our temperature by cooling down the body. If you notice dizziness, cramping and nausea, contact your doctor immediately.
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