Looking to have a better workout? Then you should be sure to consume the correct amount of water before, during, and after your workout. Maybe you’re one of the ones who fear that dreaded side cramp while engaging in physical activity, this is why it is important to understand why drinking water can lead to a better and more productive workout. When we workout we sweat, when we sweat we become dehydrated; since our bodies are composed of more than 70 percent water, it is imperative that we replace the water that is lost through perspiration
So, we all get that water keeps you hydrated throughout your workout, but what you might not know is that water acts a lubricant for muscles, vital organs, and even joints. Water is also the catalyst for energy during your workouts because it carries the necessary glucose and oxygen throughout your body. This is what gives your muscles the strength and flexibility during intense and strenuous workouts, as well as preventing joint stiffness and regulating core temperature.
By the time you realize that you’re thirsty during an intense training session, your body is well on its way to dehydration; a lot of the times an individual might not even realize that they are dehydrated until it is too late.
At this point the workout has become more difficult to complete and the body’s core temperature has risen. The following are a few signs that you may notice if you become dehydrated during your workout:
- Increased heart rate
- Light headed
- Loss of the ability to sweat
A lot of people make a mistake by drinking a sports drink or juice instead of water during their workout; little do you know by doing so you can be doing yourself a complete disservice. Sports drinks and juice typically are loaded with sugar and can aid in dehydration as well as make you thirstier. A little rule of thumb, if your physical activity does not last more than an hour to ninety minutes, then you should only be drinking water.
The amount of water to be consumed varies from individual, the type of workout, and environment; on average a person should start with 8 to 16 ounces of water before their workout and consume another 8 to 10 ounces for every 15 minutes of the workout.
Be sure to consume water after the workout as well, as this will aid in the recovery process and help prepare your muscles for the next round of physical activity. So, the very next time that you experience a cramp, feel dizzy, light headed, or nausea during your workout… DRINK WATER!!!
About DeLano Daniels
After many years in health and fitness and enduring some of life’s hardest trails, DeLano Daniels launched his own fitness company Pin Fit in 2012 to help motivate, inspire, and guide individuals who are wanting to change their lives. Not only is DeLano a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, but also a sponsored athlete, natural bodybuilder, writer, and college graduate. When DeLano isn’t training for shows, he can be found training individuals for special occasions, personal goals, fitness competitions, and most importantly better overall health and wellness. For questions regarding fitness, nutrition, or training, contact DeLano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-775-3590.
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