Hydration: The Golden Key to Exercise

Give yourself a quick pinch on the back of the hand. Hold it for a couple of seconds, and then release. Did your skin take a while to settle back down? If so, go grab a drink of water and then come back to read the rest of this article. 75% of people don’t drink enough water. It’s recommended to get at least eight 8 oz. of water each day- more if you drink any coffee or energy drinks, sweat, exercise, etc. Don’t throw in the towel yet, this doesn’t mean you have to skip the daily coffee boost. Just add the same amount of extra water to your daily goal. Another great test to see if you drink enough water during your work out is to weigh yourself before and after exercise. The weight should be the same! Do you feel like your workouts are lacking? Better hydration can be the answer. Considering muscles are 79% water, not consuming enough leads to quicker muscle fatigue. Sorry to say, but naps on the gym floor is frowned upon. As already known, heart rates go up during exercise due to the body needing to get nutrients/ oxygen to certain parts quicker. If dehydrated, blood volume is lower and it makes the process much harder. It can even lead to dizziness. The fix is simple- get sipping on that water! Making sure a water source (water bottle) is near you at all times will help. If you forget easily, there are apps that track water or give daily reminders. Happy drinking!