Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dehydration

With the summer months, hydration is most important. How do you HYDRATE?

Water is essential for Life

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. 

Dehydration is the leading cause of injuries

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? 

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