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How to Stay Hydrated While Exercising

Posted Jul 10 2013 11:27am

Guest author – Sara Dawkins

Keeping yourself hydrated while performing any strenuous activity is extremely important to you health. As you sweat and breath, water Water drink is escaping your body which needs to be replenished. Without proper methods of keeping yourself hydrated, you can cause a great deal of damage to your body including heat exertion and passing out. Since this is an important aspect to exercising, it is helpful to have a plan to keep water in your system.

1. Water Bottle – Having a bottle of water available as you work out can help you remember to drink. Many of us simply forget to keep hydrated, which can lead to many physical problems over time. The harder you work out, the more water you’ll need in order to replenish what you just lost in sweat and evaporation from your breathing. Water bottles can vary in size and color to fit your personal aesthetics and should be a regular addition to your exercising equipment.

2. Regulation – Although you want to keep yourself hydrated while exercising, you don’t need to drink the entire water bottle every five minutes. In fact, too much water can cause you to start feeling bloated and get the “sloshy” feeling in your stomach that can cause nausea. When you’re running on the treadmill, the last thing you want to hear is your stomach sounding like your carrying a partially full jug of water. There is such a thing as drinking too much water, which can cause you to vomit. When you’re feeling thirsty, you need to drink. Just consume the water in moderation – maybe a mouth full or two.

3. Avoid Pop or Alcohol – It’s not often that you see people chugging down a beer while jogging on the treadmill. However, a night of drinking only to hit the gym the next morning could cause a great deal of discomfort and exhaustion. There may still be too much alcohol in your blood stream and strenuous physical activity without a proper balance within you can cause a great deal of problems. Soda pop during a workout is bad as well as your body doesn’t need the excess of sugars in order to recuperate lost water. Drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade can make a difference as these can provide electrolytes in order to keep you going longer, but stay away from sweetened soft drinks until after your workout is over. Sugar can give you a boost of energy, but it will tap you out quicker in the long run.

4. Swimming – Why don’t you need to drink as much water when you swim as opposed to a bicycle ride? Because your body doesn’t need to produce sweat in order to cool itself down when you begin to heat up. Swimming allows you to exercise while easily maintaining hydration. You may still require a dink now and then, but the frequency is far less than it would be if you were running a mile or two.

Water is an essential part of living for humans that we absolutely cannot do without. If you aren’t drinking enough water throughout your day, adverse affects could include weight gain and loss of energy. Your body needs to be able to absorb water in order to continue staying healthy. Have a smart game plan for hydration when you exercise and prevent yourself from experience a great deal of physical and mental difficulties.

Author Bio

Sara is an active nanny as well as an active freelance writer. She is a frequent contributor of http://www.nannypro.com/ . Learn more about her on her blog .

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