Hot Summer Days Require Extra Hydration

You’re drinking 8 8-ounce glasses a day. But it’s 90+ degrees F out, yet you still feel thirsty, and your mouth, tongue and throat feel dry. You start getting pops on the mike during a Voice Over audition or gig, and your energy level starts to run low. In my last blog I posted about 10 hydrating foods to keep you well hydrated this summer. Today I mention another method I’ve found very effective to counter the effects of the hot weather.

This one I’m stealing from my own music coach’s playbook, Michael Mingoia. I started using this method after reading his book and finding myself feeling dehydrated on a 95 degrees F day. What is it? I’m glad you asked.

As any responsible Voice Over talent, you should always have your water bottle with you. But on especially hot days, you might want to consider this:

Fill half of your water bottle with water. Fill the rest of the bottle with Gatorade.

Why Gatorade? It’s loaded with electrolytes and it’s proven to be more effective and faster at rehydrating your body than water.

Why not just have the Gatorade? If you’re a performer like me (who also likes to watch his waistline), I’m conscious about the amount of sugar I take in. And by adding water to your bottle, you’re diluting the amount of sugar that you’re ingesting.

What about you? What are some of the methods you use for keeping well hydrated on a hot day? Please add your thoughts in our comments section below.

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And if you’d like to learn many great techniques to be able to do Voice Over work when you’re sick, you definitely want to check “How To Sing When You’re Sick” by my Music Coach, Michael Mingoia. This book is not only great for singers, but for all performers who rely on their voice for a living. It’s only $3.99, and it’s a no brainer to get. I swear by it and recommend it to all my students! Here’s the link:

Until next time, may ‘The Voice’ be with you, and thanks for spreading the word!