Importance of Hydration

 
 
   
 

Hydration

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:
Heartbeat
Blood flow
Temperature regulation
Delivery of nutrients to cells
Waste disposal from system
Muscle function
Joint cushioning 

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. 

You can't forget to water a plant and then drown it in fluid to make up for it.  The same is true for your body.  Your body doesn't store water to use for later. You must hydrate continuously at the right levels all day to replace fluid loss.  

MEN: Your body weight x .35 = daily ounces of fluid
WOMEN: Your body weight x .31 = daily ounces of fluid

So spring is here and unlike other parts of the country, who will begin enjoying spring showers and everything in full bloom, for us it means were heating up.  As our temperatures rise we need to pay close attention to proper hydration.  While water is good, we also need to replace those electrolytes when we are out there.  Often walkers and runners push the envelope and try to tough it out by either taking nothing or water only. This usually results in muscle cramps, feeling sick while you are out, a very long recovery time and sometimes injury.

The electrolytes we stock are either sugar free or very low in sugar. They are designed for the athlete and typically have 2-3 times more electrolytes than other products.  Stop by and we can help you choose what is best for you.

 

 

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