Walk Your Way Well by Niamh O’Sheehan

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walk way well femalefocusonline june24 1Hydration Hikes! The Importance of Staying Hydrated While Walking in Nature.

Walking in nature is my favourite way to connect with the world around us, but as the summer heat rises, it's crucial to prioritise hydration to stay safe and healthy during your outdoor adventures. Hydration plays a pivotal role in supporting our bodies, especially during physical activities like hiking, where we can quickly lose fluids through sweating.

walk way well femalefocusonline june24 2When out and about, it's essential to bring an adequate supply of water to prevent dehydration. Don't underestimate how much you might need. A good rule of thumb is to drink water BEFORE you feel thirsty to ensure your body resin's hydrated throughout your hike. Invest in a quality reusable water bottle and make a habit of taking sips regularly to keep your body functioning optimally.

In addition to staying hydrated, other tips for walking in the heat of summer include wearing lightweight and breathable clothing to help your body regulate its temperature, applying sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, and planning your hike during the cooler parts of the day to avoid the peak heat hours.

It's important to listen to your body and pace yourself during hot weather walks. Take breaks in shaded areas, and if you start to feel dizzy, fatigued, or experience symptoms of heat exhaustion, such as rapid heartbeat and excessive sweating, find a cool spot to rest and rehydrate immediately. Take this seriously!

By prioritising hydration and following these tips, you can enjoy our gorgeous local beauty spots while staying safe and watered during your summer outdoor adventures. And don't forget your doggie needs lots of water too! If you would like to walk with me this summer, then drop me a line on WhatsApp +34 676 507 791. I've got some "cool" routes in mind.