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Tips for Staying Hydrated When Playing Tennis in the Heat

 

Playing tennis in the heat causes your body to not only produce heat, but sweat to the point where you are losing water and sodium in a big way.  If you are playing intense, competitive or doing lessons and the environment is hot and humid, here are some tips for staying hydrated.

 

First, consider increasing both your salt and carbohydrate intake before playing tennis.  Supply your body with electrolytes by drinking things like Gatorade or Powerade before matches.  You'll want to avoid caffeinated drinks like soda or coffee since they accelerate fluid loss.

 

Next, while playing tennis in the heat, drink water during your breaks, even if you don't feel thirsty, but Gatorade may be even better to help maintain your blood glucose level, delaying fatigue.  Meanwhile, Gatorade will help replenish the salt (sodium) you sweated out while playing the game.  

 

Finally, after you are done playing tennis in the heat, it's important to replace the fluid, electrolytes and carbohydrates you just lost.  Drink water and/or Gatorade and don't be afraid to take in a small amount of digestible food for value nutrients.  The more water and salt you take in the better, since you sweated a lot out of your body.

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SUNSCREENS

 

For protection against UVB and UVA rays, look for the words "broad spectrum" on the product label.

I recommend using a sunscreen with minimum SPF30 or higher and is water resistant which can help protect you from approximately 97% of the sun's harmful rays.  Whatever the SPF number is, sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours.

The kind of sunscreen you use is a matter of choice.  Sunscreen options include lotions, creams, gels, ointments, wax sticks and sprays.

Remember!  Don't leave home without it!

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CONFIDENCE 

 

The most successful tennis players walk, talk and ooze confidence.  Confidence shines through these players.  You see "it" off-court as well as on-court.  The confident player will generally show the following characteristics:

 

Wins matches                  Strong will

Positive attitude              Independent thinking                          

Positive energy                Calm under pressure

Problem solver                 Focused

Goal oriented                   Fearless

Open mindedness          

 

When you lack confidence, things just don't go your way.  Everything seems to go wrong.  You don't get any  breaks.  You don't know what to do.  When you're not confident players will generally show the following characteristics:

 

Does not know what to do                   Negative attitude

Negative energy                                     Disoriented                                        

Can't think clearly                                  Frustrated

Disinterested                                          Lack focus

Out of control under pressure            Scared

Loses matches                                        No fight

 

 

 

 

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So for every situation you'll learn the correct winning mentality, how to adjust your emotions and approach the game with CONFIDENCE and focus on the task at hand.

Tennis is like everything else, work on it and you will improve!

ENJOY PLAYING THE GAME AND HAVE FUN!

NOTE :  COOLER DRINKS ARE ABSORB INTO THE BODY MUCH QUICKER. SO BRING A COOLER FILLED WITH ICE IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE PLAYING ON A HOT DAY.