As the northeast is experiencing an intense heat wave we all know the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day, especially when working out. Research shows, however, that staying hydrated is not only important to our physical health but also to our mental health. A new study highlights that dehydration slows reaction time during mental tests. Participants had slower reaction times throughout the mental tests when they were dehydrated compared to their times after drinking water.What does this mean for you? Drinking water throughout the day can help you be more productive and focused at work or when doing other mental tasks. It can also ensure that you are working out safely during these summer months.
The general rule for water is six to eight glasses per day but factors such as size, age, and activity level do make a difference so you should research how much water is right for you.