Every cell in the human body relies on water to function. The harder your work those cells, the more important the hydration. Whether you’re a professional athlete or someone who hits the home gym after work, water is the key to performance.
The body is made up primarily of water, so it’s not surprising that proper hydration is necessary to maintain good health. Water:
The last four are especially important during exercise. Movement causes the heart, your most important muscle, to pump harder in order to push blood and oxygen to the other muscles in the body.
Without it, those muscles cannot work efficiently and your stamina suffers. Staying hydrated means the heart doesn’t have to work as hard, too, and that improves your energy and performance levels.
Balanced intake keeps you hydrated, and that means drinking water before, during and after exercise. For big events like a marathon, you should start drinking water at least 24 hours before you run.
Even if you are just having a moderately tough workout at home, try to drink at least eight ounces of water every 20 minutes while you exercise. Any more is likely to make you feel bloated, but less will likely mean you are not well hydrated.
If you are exercising for longer than 40 minutes, it might be necessary to switch out your water for a sports drink. The sports drink helps your cells get water faster because of the added salt and sugar, which replace electrolytes lost during exercise.
The most common sign of dehydration is thirst. If you get thirsty, you are already dehydrated. You may also feel:
People who are dehydrated stop sweating, too. Lack of sweat means your body temperature will start to rise until you overheat. This is a dangerous condition that can cause injury before you realize it is happening. It’s far better to err on the side of too much hydration rather than too little.
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