For exercise it is important to make sure you are hydrated before the workout, during, and after. When exercising, your body loses water through sweating, and should be replenished after.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
We are told that we should always drink about 6-8 glasses of water a day.
Hydration And Exercise Performance
Dehydration can occur for a couple of reasons:
Dehydration can decrease exercise performance and can lead to:
Can You Drink Too Much Water?
Absolutely, it is a very rare thing to happen but too much water can be toxic to the body. It has been seen in marathon runners and military recruits. It can occur with somebody who is not as active and drinks too much water.
Water intoxication, also known as Hyponatremia is when you drink an excessive amount of water which causes the sodium levels in the blood to drop. This can be fatal.
I Don’t Like The Taste Of Water, What Should I Do?
You can get some of your daily water intake from your daily fruits and vegetables. These types of food are usually made up of water and when we eat them, we can add that to our water count for the day.
Spice up your glass!
Add some flavor to your water by adding local fruits. Put some strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, oranges, and lemons into your water. This will help add flavor to your bland drink while keeping it healthy.
Jenna Webster, ACSM, ACE – Personal trainer specializing in empower busy women to live healthy and active lifestyles!”