Hydration in Fitness
Are you into your fitness? Do you know that it is vital to keep hydrated especially when you are working out? Water regulates our body temperature and protects our vital organs. It also acts within each cell to transport nutrients and dispel waste. It is impossible for humans to stay alive without water.
Water Loss and Dehydration
Water must be replaced in the body especially if we are doing activities where we are sweating. It is recommended that women consume 2.7 litres of water and men 3.7 litres. Active individuals will need more than this if exercising or if the weather is hot. You can meet your water needs through consumption of water, juice, smoothies, tea, soups, fruit and vegetables.
In one hour, the body can lose up to 25% of water. This can lead to dehydration and heat exhaustion; in severe cases, it can lead to heat stroke. To prevent dehydration, one must drink before, during and after a workout.
Hydration Balance and Staying Hydrated
It is vital to drink water regularly throughout the day. You should drink before signs of thirst appear. Thirst is one of the first signs that the body is dehydrating. Individuals who sweat a lot during a workout session should drink more water than usual. Contrary to popular belief, scientific evidence suggests that moderate caffeine intake does not compromise exercise performance or hydration status. However, alcohol consumption can interfere with recovery time and performance so don’t be tempted to reward yourself after exercise with a pint. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it removes water from your body by increasing how much urine your kidneys produce.
Drinking Too Much Water
Believe it or not, drinking too much water can be very bad for your body and can cause something called hyponatremia. This is when you drink more fluid than you lose. The excess water dilutes the salts in your body and your cells swell up, which can cause a number of problems, so do not go overboard with the H20!
Handy Hydration Tips
- Get to know your body and how much you sweat, this way you will know how much water you need to drink to replace the water you have lost.
- Remember to drink pre, during and post workout. Keeping the body hydrated is KEY to preventing heat stroke and dehydration.
- Listen to your body. When you are thirsty, drink. If you are sweating, drink.
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