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Happily Hydrated: Keeping Cool in the Summer Heat

By: Jennifer Much


August is knowingly one of the hottest months of summer. While it offers beautiful sunrises, it

also brings in bouts of sweltering humidity and record high temps, making the need for proper

hydration even more important. Thankfully, there are many ways to keep cool, allowing you to

care for your mind, body and soul, even in the heat.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, staying hydrated is crucial to

counter temperature changes. Staying hydrated, especially during exercise, helps to regulate

the body's core temperature and to prevent conditions like fatigue and heat stroke.


Currently, The Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink 72 ounces (9 cups) and for

men to consume 104 ounces (13 cups) of water per day during summer to remain properly

hydrated.


As the heat index continues to rise, consider these helpful ways to stay happily hydrated and

cool - just remember, sip, snack and savor!


Sip on Fruit Infused Water

Quench your thirst with fruit infused water! Not only does it provide a natural, flavorful sip, but

adding fruit to your water can provide a boost of energy and support the immune system. Fruit is

filled with beneficial vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Fruits like pineapples, mangoes, and

cranberries, for example, are filled with antioxidants and electrolytes.


Vegetables and herbs can also be added to water to enhance the flavor. Find your favorite

combination, or try these refreshing combos, to encourage you to drink more water throughout

the day. Coconut water is also a wonderful option.


● Lemon + Thyme

● Orange + Blueberry + Basil

● Cucumber + Mint + Jalapeno

● Strawberry + Lime

● Watermelon + Rosemary

● Peach + Ginger

● Blackberry + Lavender


Snack on Juicy Produce

In addition to beverages, consider snacking on fruits and vegetables high in water content.

Freezing fruits like grapes are a fun way to keep cool and enjoy a healthy snack with a

satisfying crunch!


Both veggies and fruits are portable and make excellent snacks. There are many recipes that

accompany all kinds of produce. From on-the-go breakfasts and lunches, it's an easy way to

stay healthy and refreshed.


Swing by a nearby produce stand or farmers market to stock up on fresh, locally-sourced goods.


Savor a Cooling Oasis

Best of all, our studio provides a calm and cooling oasis, no matter the temperature outside!

Yoga is an excellent way to stretch muscles and there is a generous variety of cooling poses

that maintain comfort but inspire self-connection.


5 Cooling Yoga Poses

Reverse Warrior - The Reverse Warrior pose is a side bend done as a lunge position

that targets the intercoastal muscles between the ribs.

Downward Dog - The Downward Dog is a well-known pose that consists of downward

faced bending that carefully stretches the hamstrings, calves, and Achilles tendons.

Low Lunge - The Low Lunge optimizes breathing thanks to body placement of the knee

angled 90-degrees just above the ankle. With the forward lean of this pose, muscles get

quite a stretch.

Lizard - The Lizard pose begins with the Downward Dog position that comes into a

lunge and ends with slowly lowering onto the forearms. It works the glutes, abdominal

muscles and shoulders.

Revolved Head to Knee - The Revolved Head to Knee pose helps to stretch

the spine and torso. A yogi bends their knee and brings the heel to their groin, followed

by lightly twisting and tilting their torso laterally to the left.


Along with light stretches, mindful breathing can prevent your body from building up excess

heat. As we move, we sweat, but light exercising with slow and gentle movements can help the

body remain cool.


In the hot days of summer, grab your favorite infused water and come to the studio for a fulfilling

stretch. We offer private sessions and group options.


To book your session, please contact Jamie or visit www.rootsyogamindbody.com. Stay cool

and happily hydrated, friends!

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