Not drinking enough water before we hit the box puts us on a dangerous path to dehydration. Sipping on water or a sports drink during a workout can help fight fatigue and prolong endurance.
1. A good rule of thumb is to drink 7-10 oz. of water for every 10-20 min. of work.
2.On those long chipper workouts of 20min. or longer you may want to switch to a sports drink rather that just plain water. The sports drinks have electrolytes that water doesn’t have.
These are a just a couple ways to stay hydrated. Now these are a couple signs that you are dehydrated.
1. Check the elasticity of your skin. Pull up on the skin on the back of your hand and hold for a few seconds. When you let go it should return to normal. If not you are probably already dehydrated.
2. Feeling light headed or dizzy is another sign. Due to the decreased plasma volume with dehydration during exercise the heart has to work much harder to get blood to the working muscles. When there is not enough water in the blood, both the volume and the pressure goes down causing the dizziness.
Now that summer is here in full swing let’s make sure we are drinking plenty of water before we head to the box.
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