Beat the Heat: Staying Hydrated as a Lifeguard

As the summer months roll around, it’s important to remind yourself to hydrate when you’re on duty. The days are long, the heat is intense, and the sun’s rays are bright. With that said, it’s easy to get caught up in the glory of the beach — leading you to forget to crack open a water bottle.

The Importance of Hydration

Every ounce of your body needs water to properly function. Your cells need water to function. Bacteria needs to be flushed out with the help of water. Organs, like the kidney and the bladder, require water in order to stay healthy.

Drinking water also reduces the chance of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration occurs when the body is completely depleted of water and fluids, thus when you’re losing more water than you are intaking.

On the beach, dehydration is a huge threat. Keep your water bottle nearby, and remind yourself to keep reaching for it.

Make Hydration More Fun

It’s easy to forget to drink water. It’s even easier to swap a water bottle for a nice, cold soda, but this won’t give your body the nutrients it needs. Find ways to encourage yourself to drink water. Many lifeguards (or others with outdoor offices) recommend investing in a ​stainless steel bottle that keeps your drink cold.
Another option is to buy ​vitamin packets​ to add to your water. This way, you’re able to pick flavors for your drink to mix it up. An added benefit? These packets are packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin B, which will give you energy throughout your day.

Heads up!

Every summer in Florida is a hot summer, but this summer brings a bit of a change of pace. According to the ​Farmer’s Almanac, ​the long-term forecast for Florida this summer is one of rain and cooler temperatures.

Cooler temperatures may not mean actually cool, but the heat won’t be as sweltering as usual. Despite the good news, your body still needs the water it craves. Stay hydrated, and you’ll have a much easier time keeping your energy (and morale) high for the summer heat.

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