Staying hydrated in the heatwave
Staying hydrated whilst exercising is always a good idea. We encourage you to fill up your water bottles at our water fountain or buy our bottled water from the front desk.
Fluids keep your body hydrated; without them your body won’t function at its best.
If you don’t drink enough fluid:
- Your body temperature and heart rate may rise. When the total amount of water in your body is below the normal level (hypohydration) your body can’t properly regulate heat.
- You may feel more fatigued than usual.
- You may not be able to think clearly – your motor control, decision-making abilities and concentration may be impaired.
- Your body’s functions may slow down – this includes gastric emptying, so you may feel uncomfortable in your stomach.
- Your performance in sport or exercise may not be as good as it could be. The impact is even worse when you’re active and dehydrated in hot conditions.
The simple solution is, of course, to drink enough fluids when you exercise. Make fluid replacement a priority when you’re physically active.
Drinking enough fluids will help to maintain your concentration and performance, increase your endurance, and prevent excessive elevations in heart rate and body temperature. It’s all about sufficient hydration.
As a guide, you probably need more fluid if:
- you sweat heavily
- you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease
- you have cystic fibrosis, which means you have a high concentration of sodium in your sweat
- you are using a medication that can act as a diuretic, causing your body to lose more fluid
- you are doing vigorous exercise
- you are active in hot or humid conditions.
With the warmer conditions we recommend you stay hydrated and enjoy our air-conditioned gym.