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Why do I need to stay hydrated while swimming?

Remaining hydrated during the hot summer months is very important. One of your body's best reminders to drink fluids is when you sweat.

However, as you head to the pool or beach, remember swimmers sweat, too. Like any athletic activity, when you swim, your body temperature rises and your body sweats to keep from overheating. You may not notice because you are in the water, but you can become dehydrated.

Swimmers, from competitive athletes to families splashing around, need to drink fluids before, during and after swimming, even if you don't feel thirsty. Have some water every 15 minutes, if possible.

No matter what your activity or sport -- running, biking or swimming -- avoid dehydration by consuming the fluids you need.

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