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Keep Hydrated In The Summer Heat

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Keep Hydrated In The Summer Heat


Victoria BC has gone and broken a record for sunshine in the month of July. It has been hotter and dryer than it has ever been since the records were first recorded. This little blast of paradise may seem like fantastic beach weather, but it can mean a long hot day when you’re moving a ton of belongings from one location to another.

Staying hydrated is so important for a healthy body and mind.

Here are a few tips from the Foster’s Moving Team for staying hydrated.

1)      Drink Water Before, During, And After Your Work

Water is the key to staying hydrated after all, but when you’re about to start a big work day, you will need far more water than you might expect. Don’t wait until you start to feel thirsty. By that point, you’re already starting to get dehydrated. Drink a tall glass of water ½ hour before you start, and keep a refillable bottle with you while you work. After the job is done, drink some more. You’ll feel better at the end of the day, and your muscles will thank you on the day after.

2)      Wear Gloves

Wearing gloves on a hot day might sound like bad advice, but this tip is a real lifesaver. Paper and cardboard have an incredible ability to draw moisture from your skin. On a day like moving day, you could be handling hundreds of cardboard boxes. Sure, your hands might get a little sweaty, but it sure beats the alternative. I forgot my gloves one day, and had chapped lips from dehydration by lunch time.

3)      Coffee and Tea are OK. Beer is not.

Any liquid you drink should be good at re-hydrating you. Even caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea can re-hydrate a person on a hot day. Although caffeine is a diuretic, the levels of caffeine are not high enough to counter the liquid contents of your drink.  Sadly the same logic does not work with alcoholic drinks, so a beer or cooler may not be as refreshing as you think when you pull it out of the fridge.

Nothing wrong with a beer at the end of a hard day. Just make sure you have had enough water to drink first!

Posted on July 31, 2013

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