Dehydration while riding is a very real and common problem amongst riders in the summer months. Follow these tips to make sure you avoid dehydration even on your longest summer rides.
Dehydration can affect your concentration and physical skills which can result in very dangerous riding situations, so be sure to avoid dehydration this summer with our helpful tips.
How to Avoid Dehydration
1. Water, Water, and More Water
You should try to drink 8 glasses of water a day, which might be tricky if a lot of your time is spent riding. At each rest stop, try to drink half of a 16-ounce water bottle before heading out again, and this should help you to reach the daily goal of 8 glasses this summer. You may also want to purchase a water bladder to help you avoid dehydration as you can drink water without even having to take off your helmet.
2. Replenish Your Electrolytes
Not only will water help you avoid dehydration in the summer, but other drinks that replenish your electrolytes will help, too! Try a sports drink which is packed with electrolytes and minerals. The combination of water and these drinks will help you stay hydrated while out riding for long periods of time.
3. Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Although it is easy to grab a bag of chips at a gas station for a snack after riding, it is best to try to have some water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. These foods will offer you hydration as well as vitamins and minerals to keep you energized while riding. They are also great refreshing options on a hot summer day.
4. Avoid Alcohol
Obviously drinking and riding are never an option, but even if you drink alcohol the night before a long riding session, you can be more dehydrated the next day. It is best to get a good night’s rest and drink plenty of water the night before going out for a summer ride in order to avoid dehydration. Avoid alcohol as far in advance from your ride as possible.
Mental and physical skills, concentration, and alertness are essential to riding safely, and can all be affected by dehydration. Don’t put yourself and others in a dangerous riding situation this summer and remember these tips so you can avoid dehydration.