How to Stay Hydrated While Cycling

Cycling is an enjoyable means of transportation that lets you take in the sight around you and let the wind play with your hair. It is also preferred due to the low cost and less harmful impact on the environment and earth resources. However, cycling especially long rides can cause you to sweat and lose a lot body fluids as it is an exercise in itself. This lose can lead to dehydration and leave you weak and exhausted. This can be particularly challenging when the weather is hot and the sun is shining on your head. It is important to make arrangements for staying hydrated while cycle so that your body remains healthy and fit.

Things Required:

– Water bottles
– Water and/or
– Electrolyte powder
– Electrolyte drinks

Instructions

  • 1

    It is better to time your cycling ride at a shady time of the day like early morning or late afternoon if possible. This will reduce the amount of sweating due to high temperature and prevent dehydration. Taking small breaks during cycling also helps keep hydration. Of course all this is possible when you have time on your hands. Wrapping a wet scarf over your head also helps reduce the sweat and water discharge.

  • 2

    Before you hop on to your bike, drink at least two glasses of water two hours before your plan. The water will get into your system and rejuvenate it. Fill your water bottle and place it on a  carrier. If the weather is hot, fill it with cold water. To keep the water cool for long, wrap it in a wet cloth will help keep the temperature down.

  • 3

    An electrolyte drink can help you maintain hydration. Buy an electrolyte drink in powder or juice form. Mix the powder form in water and make an electrolyte solution. Make the electrolyte according to the manufacturer's instructions provided on the sachet. Fill your water bottle with it and add ice to keep it cool. Take sips before riding and during it to keep the water and mineral level constant in your body. Take a sip of your water or electrolyte solution after every fifteen to twenty minutes to keep the body hydrated. Do not wait to get thirsty because once you get thirsty, it means your body has already started to get dehydrated.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


seven − 5 =