Local news stations are forecasting that temperatures will exceed 100 degrees here in Sacramento through the weekend. Bicyclists that are interested in a ride along the American River Bike Trail here in Sacramento may wish to use the bike trail during the cooler morning hours. However, for those that decide to use the bike trail during the warmer afternoon hours, it makes sense to plan for more water intake along the trail.
While many health professionals suggest the intake of 8 glasses of water per day, strenuous activities in the afternoon heat warrant the intake of more water.
Consider the following:
Tips for Increasing Your Fluid Intake by Drinking More Water
Under normal conditions, most people can drink enough fluids to meet their water needs. If you are outside in hot weather for most of the day or doing vigorous activity, you may need to increase your fluid intake.
If you think you’re not getting enough water each day, the following tips may help:
- Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
- Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
- Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This tip can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
- Choose water instead of other beverages when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
- Give your water a little pizzazz by adding a wedge of lime or lemon. This may improve the taste, and you just might drink more water than you usually do.
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine & NIH. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Water in Diet.