When Dehydration Strikes…

If you are exercising and feeling thirsty then the chances are you are dehydrated. Your body is made up mostly of water (around 70%). In order to avoid dehydration you need to supply your body with fresh water as often as possible and even more so during exercise.

To get the most from any exercise routine you need to do all you can to stave off dehydration. If you are dehydrated your body works less effectively. Put simply, you will work out harder for lower results. You should therefore avoid waiting until you feel thirsty to have a drink. Keep a water bottle with you during your routine and take frequent sips.

You may not know that drinking water at room temperature is actually more beneficial for your body than drinking it ice cold. You should aim to drink a glass of room temperature water within half and hour of waking up. Studies have shown that this action can help to boost your metabolism.

You should aim to drink between six to eight glasses of water each day. This should not be too hard, especially if you replace your usual caffeinated or fizzy drinks with water.  If you need a little help achieving this figure here are a few tips to try out:

  • Keep a water journal – note down how many glasses you have consumed through the day as you drink them.
  • Add natural flavours – a slice of lemon or lime really will add a nice flavour without all the calories or sugars.
  • Take a bottle of water out with you. Have it in your bag and take frequent sips throughout the day.
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal or snack. Many people mistake thirst with hunger, so doing this will not only boost your water intake but may also help you lose some weight

 

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