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The Importance of Staying Hydrated While Playing Tennis

The best aerobic workouts don’t always happen in the gym. Many sports, such as tennis, are most often played outside, no matter how hot and humid the climate might be.

How can you play at your best and not let the heat get to you? Hydration is key. Cooper Fitness Center Tennis Pro Corey Noel offers his advice on how to stay hydrated while playing tennis, especially in the summer heat.

How important is proper hydration while playing tennis?

“It’s extremely important to stay hydrated, especially in warmer climates,” says Noel. “Not only should you be drinking plenty of water during tennis practices and matches, but you want to make sure you start hydrating 18-24 hours prior to playing as well.”

Noel says his pre-match routine is to start drinking a combination of water and a sports drink, like Gatorade, about 12-18 hours before he plays.

Do you find yourself reaching for water frequently while playing?

“Yes,” says Noel. “One of the great things about tennis is you’re provided with plenty of Pro-Zone-CoreyNoelbreaks to drink water.”

Noel says he always urges his clients to take advantage of the water break. Skipping out on hydration could impact your game later on, something he’s noticed personally.

“If I don’t stay hydrated, I notice fatigue sets in much earlier,” says Noel. “I also move much slower and my overall game isn’t as strong.”

Do you prefer to drink water or a sports drink during a match?

“Most competitive players I know drink both,” says Noel. “Water is great for hydration, but sports drinks can help replenish lost electrolytes and other nutrients.”

Cooper Clinic Registered Dietitian Meridan Zerner recommends adding a sports drink to the mix if you exercise longer than 90 minutes, especially outside. Certain snacks, such as pretzels and oranges, can also help replenish lost electrolytes after your workout.

Noel’s final piece of advice doesn’t have to do with what you’re putting in your body, but rather, on it.

“Don’t forget sunscreen,” adds Noel. “It’s not only important to apply, but reapply. Most people forget that.”

For more information about tennis programs at Cooper Fitness Center or to register for tennis lessons, visit cooperfitnesscenter.com.

 

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