Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Arizona heat can reach extreme temperatures during summer, and this leaves all of us — but children especially — at much higher risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion. Children’s bodies are not as developed as adults’: making their natural cooling process (i.e. sweating) less efficient. Because of this, ensuring our kids are properly hydrated is extra important.
At SICFIT Scottsdale, we encourage our Lil’ Beasts to drink one to two cups of water at least four hours before physical exercise or game time. But remember, all kid’s bodies and activity levels are different, so some children may actually require more water. To determine whether your little one is staying well hydrated throughout the summer months, regularly check their urine. If it is darker than pale-yellow, increase their water consumption by an addition one-two cups before physical exertion. More acute signs of dehydration to look out for are fatigue, nausea, headaches, cramping, thirst, and faults in coordination.
To keep your children hydrated, SICFIT Scottsdale recommends having them drink water every 10-15 minutes, depending upon the exercise intensity and weather. In general your children should be drinking half of their body weight in ounces to keep them hydrated throughout the day. Additionally, drinks with the proper amount of sodium such as Gatorade are recommended because they aid in fluid retention and stimulate your child to drink enough water.
For our active kiddos, proper hydration is key in helping them put their best foot forward during the big game, when racing to home plate during a neighborhood kick-ball game, and even in the classroom. Follow these tips and this summer, the Arizona sun will be no match for Lil’ Beast!
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