Water and Exercise Tips
Whether you are a seasoned athlete, regular at the gym, or just like to take a nightly stroll to help keep the extra pounds at bay, knowing how to keep properly hydrated while you exercise is key to losing weight and staying healthy. In this quick blog post, we are going to look at some tips for staying hydrated while you exercise.
When we work out, we lose not only water, but electrolytes as well. The more we move about, the more our internal temperature rises. To keep internal organs safe, the body has a unique and innovate built-in feature: in addition to removing impurities from the body, water helps to move heat away from vital organs and transport it to the surface of the skin – a process known as (you guessed it) sweating.
As well as keeping the body cool and removing impurities, water helps lubricate joins, keeps muscle function at peak performance, and moves nutrients throughout the body. Because of this, water is crucial to any work out regimen.
Water and Exercise Tips
Below are some water and exercise tips to help your get the most out of your time at the gym and keep your body functioning optimally – whether you are in a marathon or just strolling on the treadmill.
Room Temperature Water is Best
While sipping a bottle of ice cold water certainly is tempting during a hot and sweaty workout, the truth of the matter is that room temperature water is better for keeping the body hydrated. This may sound odd, but before the body can properly use that icy H20, it must warm it up and prepare it for absorption. Drinking warm water lets your body use the fluid right away.
Add a Little Something to Your Water
Adding a pinch of salt or some fruit to your water is a great way to replace electrolytes without having to reach for a sugary “sports” drink. Skip the calories and chemicals and opt for this healthier, tastier hydration option.
Drink Water During Your Workout
Drinking water before and after your workout (and throughout the day) is important, and so is drinking water during the routine. Be careful not to gulp down a ton of water in one setting. Instead, sip water gradually, and aim for a few ounces every 10-15 minute. To know exactly how much water to drink, figure out your sweat rate by weighing yourself before and after several exercise sessions. The amount of weight you lose is equivalent to the amount of water you lose, and how much water you can anticipate you will need to put back into your system to stay properly hydrated.
Know the Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
Just as important as staying hydrated is knowing the signs and symptoms of dehydration. Despite our best efforts, we are not always able to stay fully hydrated. It only takes a 2% decrease in our body’s water level for dehydration to begin to set-in. If you feel thirsty, dizzy, light-headed, or have a dry mouth, stop what you are doing and drink some water – you are in the beginning stages of dehydration.