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The Truth about Hydration

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 by Hilton Head Health








Whether you are exercising outdoors in the middle of a summer day or doing a moderate swim in a cool pool, there are some things about hydration that you should be aware of. Director of Education Bob Wright, and Fitness instructor, David Chesworth have put together some tips for staying hydrated while exercising. 

"When you are dehydrated your body cannot perform optimally," said Chesworth.

Dehydration Could Lead to:

  • injury
  • heat stroke
  • nausea
  • having negative emotions towards exercising

Did you know?

You may maintain your level of dehydration by drinking water during a workout if you are dehydrated going in.

So How Much Water is Enough Water?

Director of Education Bob Wright, directed us to an article in Mayo Clinic, in which it is recommended that men drink 3 liters of water a day while women drink 2.2 liters of water a day.

These recommendations can differ based on certain factors such as:

  • exercise
  • environment 
  • illness or health conditions
  • pregnancy or breast-feeding

According to the article: To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, you should make water your beverage of choice.

The Daily Healthy Beverage Guidelines

 

It's also a good idea to:

  • Drink a glass of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverage with each meal and between each meal
  • Drink water before, during and after exercise

"It is important to be in the habit of being hydrated on a regular basis," said Chesworth. "It takes time to hydrate if you're feeling thirsty. If you are thirsty at the beginning of a workout, then it takes even longer to hydrate."

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