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Hey guys it’s Calvin.
So, it’s that time of year again. It’s kinda warm now. The sun has decided to come out and play again and not many of us are all that ready for it. Don’t get me wrong I love the sunshine… when I’m not running… But truly let’s talk about hydration.
Seeing as how your body is mostly water, it stands that you have a good amount of it to loose. One of the things that happens in the winter is we get used to not sweating so much and we find ourselves not getting quite as dehydrated. The summer rolls around and it comes pouring out of us and we kinda forget that we need to put more back in. This can be a problem when it comes time to ask our bodies to perform workouts and other intense activities. It takes less than 1% of water loss to alter our ability to perform and potentially spoil a great workout. Some of you think you’re getting enough, but are you? Here’s a list of signs you might not be.
Side effects of dehydration made include, but are not limited to:
- Cotton Mouth
- Lack of enthusiasm
- Drops in performance.
- Muscle cramps
- Bad digestion
- Time of workouts taking longer because you picked up that water bottle…
All of these things can affect your day in ways we don’t like. So, what can you do?
- Drink water throughout the day
- Don’t mistake things like juice, soda or energy drinks or even more deceptive…sports drinks as water. Although liquid in nature, they often times are loaded with sugar or sodium that can actually make you even more dehydrated than you were before.
- Don’t wait until you think you’re super thirsty before you get that water. By the time that sensation has kicked in, you are more in need of it than you realize. This is what generally happens when you get that cotton mouth in the middle of your workout. You can avoid this situation by getting some water 20-30 mins prior to you WOD so that it has time to absorb into your system.
- Also adding electrolytes to your water can help increase your absorption rate give you more bang for your buck.
In general just be smart about it and try to make it a routine or general habit to get water into your system.