It is important while participating in any physical activity in the heat to be well hydrated for the activity. Drinking water before and during each break in the activity will minimize your chances of dehydration. Children should be consuming liquids before they are thirsty as opposed to after because when thirst hits, they are already dehydrated.
Here are a few pointers you might want to consider before letting your children exercise in the heat.
- Check the weather and consider doing the activity early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler.
- Carry a water bottle or consider bringing fruits such as watermelon and berries.
- Dress them in lightweight material such as dry fit, light colors and include a hat.
- Know your children’s limits in the heat and acclimatize them gradually.
- Be aware of dehydration symptoms.
Children are more likely to forget to hydrate during hot summer days. It is critical that parents, coaches or whoever is supervising the physical activities ensure that they keep hydrated. Being outside in the sun is a great way for children to stay fit, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun.
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