When you sweat during any physical activity your body is losing water. This will even happen in the water and cold weather, so staying hydrated is important. If you are exercising less than 45 minutes, water is your best option. It’s easily absorbed, readily available and less expensive than sport drinks, and it’s the best choice to drink before a moderate length workout. You’ll want to drink water before, during and after you work out to have a successful workout.
- Keep a water bottle with you all day long
- Drink before you get thirsty
- Before you start exercising drink 1 to 2 cups of water
- While exercising you’ll want to drink ½ to 1 cup of water every 15 minutes
The Hidden Dangers of Dehydration
With up to 75% of your body’s weight due to water, it’s key we keep our bodies hydrated. We need to make up for the amount of water we lose every day. Breathing, sweating, and our trips to the bathroom are all part of routine water loss. This is why it’s important to drink more water in the summer months. You’re body is trying to keep cool in the heat and the sweating can release significant amounts of water.
If you experience dehydration, you’ll notice similar symptoms to that of a hangover; headaches and dizziness or fainting. These are the more severe side effects. In the beginning you’ll experience being thirsty and have decreased urine output that is probably a dark color. The best way, and safest, to avoid the disastrous effects of dehydration is to prevent dehydration. If you are sick, are in hot weather, or are frequently exercising, pay attention to your fluid loss. Drink enough liquids to replace what you lose. If you are mildly dehydrated start drinking water. Sports drinks are preferable to water in this case because water will inhibit your thirst mechanism before you are fully rehydrated.