With the hot weather among us, it is highly critical to focus on hydration.
Sweating is your body’s natural cooling function. Of course, sweat rates increase in the hot weather. Due to this increase in sweat, it’s imperative to stay hydrated each day to keep your body functioning at a high level.
Sedentary individuals (less than 2 workouts a week/sit down job) need 50-60 ounces of water daily. Active individuals (2-4 workouts a week/active lifestyle) need to consume at least 60-80 ounces of water each day. The more you workout, the more you sweat and the more intense the training becomes, the more you need to focus on hydration. Very active athletes (triathletes, runners, team sport athletes) also need to add electrolytes into their hydration strategies. Sodium concentration is key to performance.
Many athletes suffer from hyponatremia: when the sodium in your body is flushed out and concentration is low. The symptoms can be exactly the same as dehydration (cramping, nausea, fatigue, etc) and the first thing many athletes do is drink more water, which can exacerbate the issue. Electrolytes can be consumed in the form of sports drinks (many choices to choose from) or low-calorie tablets like NUUN. If you know you have a workout approaching, make sure to come into the training session hydrated and ready to go.
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