Staying hydrated before, during, and after your workouts will keep you moving well during your workout and recovering well afterward. Our bodies are about 60% water, so even mild dehydration can hurt your athletic performance.
Here are a few daily hydration tips to keep in mind:
Making sure that you’re well-hydrated for a workout starts well before you step foot in the gym. By sipping water throughout the day, you’ll maintain healthy hydration levels. So try to keep a water bottle with you throughout the day, and make sure you drink a glass of water with every meal.
Staying properly hydrated while you’re working out is also important. If you’re working out for about an hour, make sure you’re drinking water about every twenty minutes. If you’re sweating a lot during your workout, then it’s a good idea to drink more frequently. Again, by keeping up with your water intake, you’ll avoid the negative effects of dehydration.
After your workout is complete, keep the fluids flowing. The best way to gauge how much water you lost during your workout is to weigh yourself before and after a workout. And then drink 16-24 oz. of water for each pound of body weight you lost during your workout.
What Should I Drink?
Your best option for staying hydrated throughout the day is going to be plain water. Sure, there are tons of sports drinks out there. But these products tend to be filled with large amounts of sugar.
How Much Water is Enough?
Other than weighing yourself before and after a workout, you can also gauge your water intake and how much you need to drink subjectively.
Over Hydrated: One way to tell if you’re over hydrated or that you drank too much at once is that sloshy feeling you get in your stomach. If you chug a bunch of water and then get that feeling, try slowing down your intake.
Under Hydrated: Another way to gauge if you’ve been drinking enough is by checking the color of your urine. Pale yellow indicates that you’re properly hydrated. Anything darker is a sign that you need to up your intake.
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