DID YOU KNOW?
Dehydration is the leading cause of training injuries. It hinders every bodily function needed to run. A 2% decrease in body weight caused by dehydration affects your performance. Studies have shown athletes finish a 12K run up to 2 1/2 minutes faster when properly hydrated.
Water is 75% of your body. Hydrate to avoid injury, recover faster, and perform better. Every physical reaction in your body depends on proper fluid levels:
Delivery of nutrients to cells
Waste disposal from system
Dehydration impacts mental toughness.
Running is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one.
Even mild dehydration reduces concentration levels, negatively affects your mood, and cause fatigue.
MEN: Your body weight x .35 = daily ounces of fluid
WOMEN: Your body weight x .31 = daily ounces of fluid
So whether you carry, wear, or hide your water in the bushes - make sure you are taking care of your body. Again the main cause of injury is dehydration - so make sure you are packin'.
A HUGE thank you to Nathan for pulling these awesome Hydration facts together for us.