When you start fitness regime, it is extremely important to have completely functioning body. Only if everything is working perfectly you can expect to have the best possible result of your exercise routine. Proper hydration ensures that everything in the body function as it should be, so in order to have the best body and achieve best result it is necessary to be properly hydrated.
Recent studies revealed than almost 50% of all people who regularly exercise don’t provide optimal hydration for their body. Sufficient hydration enables the body to be highly efficient and exercise at the best possible level. Inadequate amount of fluids in the body may significantly reduce the intensity of the training and also affect the length of the practice. Because of that, athletes who are not hydrated as they should be can’t perform at their best and the results they achieve are less than satisfying, even though they try and train really hard.
Your health may be exposed to increased risk of many disorders and disease if there are not enough fluids in your body. Kidney stones or various infections are more likely to happen to someone who is not properly hydrated, as well as many other diseases, including the cancer.
How Much Fluid Should You Drink?
11 cups of fluids is recommended daily quantity for women leading sedentary way of life. For men of similar lifestyle, experts advise about 16 cups of water every day.
For people exercising and leading more active life this is certainly not the sufficient amount of fluids and they need more than that quantity. Sedentary lifestyle usually doesn’t cause any major problems, since these people take fluids. The problem is more prominent in athletes, especially in those who train very hard in hot environment. People who sweat a lot are also at risk and should take care of their hydration as well.
Make sure to come to the practice well hydrated and maintain proper hydration throughout the training. If you fail, you may end up compromising your blood volume, thickness of the blood and suffer from increased heart rate. All these problems will only make it harder to get rid of the excess heat accumulated during the exercise.
Sufficient hydration before the training is a must. Look the color of your urine to determine the hydration. Too dark urine indicates improper hydration and too white over hydration. Water balanced urine is always pale but not dark in color.
Drink small amounts of fluids even if you are not feeling thirsty during and after the training, to avoid dehydration. Replace the amount of fluids you have lost during the practice. The best time to do so is during the training or just after you finished with exercising.
Make sure to balance the intensity and length of your practice with the amount of fluids you take. Include the weather into the equation, because you will sweat more on a hot day.