Updated: Mar 23
I played tennis today for the first time down here this winter. I was not prepared for the heat!
I joined a tennis lesson with a gal I met through a local ladies social group on Facebook. The instructor, Jose Luis, started with some drills and practice - I learned a couple of tips on serve and backhand (watch out Serve Aces! 😉)
All good, drank lots of water (I thought). Then he got us rallying for the rest of the hour. Non-stop. The workout was great, no problem there. The headache that came after was the killer!
So, how do you prevent heat stroke?
The experts say to
drink lots of water
I did. In my new big thermal water bottle
I did not. I had coffee... come on! I need my morning coffee!
wear light colored clothes
I did not, I wore a black sleeveless sport top
change into flip flops after you play
I did not. Next time I'll bring them
bring a cold towel
I did. One of those sports towels that stays cool. Pro-tip: put it in a ziplock with some ice with a drop of essential oil to make it smell all pretty. ;)
So not bad, I did 2 out of the 5 suggestions. Next time I'll bring some of my homemade sugar-free Gatorade also.
Gatorade replaces electrolytes that sweat out during activity. The problem is that regular Gatorade is full of sugar! I found this recipe to make at home
HOMEMADE GATORADE 1 batch, can be doubled
2 cups water
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice (or orange juice)
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 Tablespoons sugar substitute*. my fav. is Monk Fruit with Erythritol
Mix all together in a pitcher, chill and enjoy!
*sugar substitute: if you prefer Stevia, adjust the amount to equal 2 TBsp.
Now for the rest of the day I've got a headache. 😕 Well, all I had to do today is write this post and chill out. Guess that's not a bad price to pay for playing tennis!