Well, it’s August and you know what that means! No, not last minute vacations or back-to-school shopping. That’s right, the sun is beating down (relentlessly), the humidity is out in full force (sorry, East Coast) and some of us are starting to think fondly of our winter boots and wool scarves. It’s August and it’s hot outside.

As we wind down from vacation mode and ramp up for a new school year, it’s important to remember the weather is still full-on summer and so it’s important to stay hydrated.

Many often think of hydration as just a simple eight 8-ounce cups of water a day, but when it’s hot and humid this recommendation may not be enough. If you spend more than an hour engaging in strenuous exercise, you should consider rehydrating with a beverage such as a sports drink that will help replenish sodium and potassium levels.

Fortunately, no matter your level of activity, the beverage industry makes a wide range of beverage options that can help keep you cool and hydrated.