Beating the Summer Heat 

5 Tips Every Pickleball Player Should Know

As the scorching summer sun beats down and record high temps blister the nation, our pickleball habit cannot be broken. However, the soaring temperatures can present challenges to your health and performance. To ensure you make the most of your pickleball sessions while beating the heat, we’ve compiled five key points to keep you healthy, hydrated, and at the top of your game.

1. Hydration

Staying adequately hydrated is the cornerstone of your summer pickleball success. The combination of intense physical activity and excessive sweating can quickly lead to dehydration. Drink water before, during, and after your game to replenish lost fluids. Aim to consume at least eight ounces of water every 15-20 minutes during play. If you’re engaged in prolonged matches or play in extreme heat, consider a sports drink that replenishes electrolytes. If you don’t have a water bottle that keeps water cold under such hot conditions, we love our Ice Shaker bottles, you can even get one with The Kitchen Logo by clicking the link here.

2. Timing 

Plan your pickleball sessions strategically to avoid the peak heat hours. Early mornings or evenings are ideal for outdoor play as temperatures tend to be lower. Additionally, take regular breaks during your games to cool down and rest in shaded areas. Listen to your body, and if you start feeling overheated or fatigued, take a pause, and seek shade.

3. Apparel

Choosing the right clothing for pickleball in the summer can significantly impact your comfort and performance. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics that wick away moisture, such as moisture-wicking t-shirts, shorts, and sport-specific apparel. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses can also shield you from the sun’s harmful rays.

4. Protection

Pickleball matches can be intense and engaging, causing us to forget about protecting our skin. Remember to apply sunscreen with a high SPF rating generously before your game. Reapply every two hours and after heavy sweating. Pay attention to vulnerable areas like your face, ears, neck, and arms. Choosing a sweat-resistant sunscreen will ensure it stays effective throughout your play. Our favorite brand for sun protection is KINeSYS, which you can get a discount on by clicking here.

5. Listen

Maintaining self-awareness during pickleball is crucial to prevent overheating and dehydration. Pay attention to signs of fatigue, dizziness, nausea, or muscle cramps—these can be indicators of heat-related illnesses. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop playing immediately, move to a cooler environment, and rehydrate. It’s essential to prioritize your health and seek medical attention if symptoms persist.

We know as well as anyone that you need your pickleball fix,, but playing this heat requires careful attention to your well-being. By following these five key points—hydration, timing, apparel, protection, and listening —you can ensure a safe and enjoyable pickleball season. So grab your paddle, stay cool, and have a fantastic time on the courts while taking care of your health and fitness. Stay hydrated, stay safe, and have fun!

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