With the summer months, hydration is most important. How do you HYDRATE?
DID YOU KNOW?
Dehydration is the leading cause of training
injuries. It hinders every bodily function needed to run. A 2%
decrease in body weight caused by dehydration affects your performance.
Studies have shown athletes finish a 12K run up to 2 1/2 minutes faster
when properly hydrated.Water is 75% of your body. Hydrate to avoid
injury, recover faster, and perform better. Every physical reaction in
your body depends on proper fluid levels: Heartbeat Blood flow Temperature regulation Delivery of nutrients to cells Waste disposal from system Muscle function Joint cushioning Dehydration impacts mental toughness. Running is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. Even mild dehydration reduces concentration levels, negatively affects your mood, and cause fatigue.
You can't forget to water a plant and then
drown it in fluid to make up for it. The same is true for your body.
Your body doesn't store water to use for later. You must hydrate
continuously at the right levels all day to replace fluid loss. MEN: Your body weight x .35 = daily ounces of fluid WOMEN: Your body weight x .31 = daily ounces of fluid
I try to run in the early morning before 8 am to ensure that I stay hydrated throughout the hot summer days in addition to drinking water before my run. Afterwards, I drink more water (coconut water) and always have my Tervis Mickey Mouse tumbler filled with water throughout the day. How do you stay hydrated during the summer months?