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Exercise in the Heat and Adequate Hydration

Bushman, Barbara A. Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: July/August 2013 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - p 4–7
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e318296bdda
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Although I enjoy exercising outdoors during the summer months, I do fi nd the heat to be a challenge. I try to stay hydrated when doing longer endurance sessions, but I am not sure I’m getting in the right amount of fl uids. I’m confused about how much I should be drinking as well as what to drink (i.e., water, sports drinks)

Disclosure: The author declares no conflict of interest and does not have any financial disclosures. Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor at Missouri State University. She holds four ACSM certifications: Program Director, Clinical Exercise Specialist, Health Fitness Specialist, and Personal Trainer. Dr. Bushman has authored papers related to menopause, factors influencing exercise participation, and deep water run training; she authored ACSM’s Action Plan for Menopause (Human Kinetics, 2005), edited ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health (Human Kinetics, 2011) and promotes health/fitness at http://www.Facebook.com /FitnessID.

© 2013 American College of Sports Medicine.