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05/19/2017
As an athlete, you undoubtedly take certain precautions to have the best workout, the best game, and the best athleticism possible. You likely know then, that you cannot push your body to the limits if you don’t give it what it needs. Today at Athletic Republic in Orange County we would like to go back to the basics and remind you of why it’s so important to maintain hydration when you’re working out, and what the signs are to look for, just in case you’ve been going so hard that you have forgot to monitor your water intake.

How Much and When

Although your body is likely to tell you when it’s in dire need of hydration, there are a few formulas you can remember to ensure you’re getting the right water intake for the activity you’re doing:
  1. 2 or 3 hours prior to your workout, you want to make sure that you ingest between 17 and 20 ounces of water
  2. Likewise, while you are exercising or competing, you should attempt to get between 7 and 10 ounces of water every 10 minutes
  3. And of course, after the workout or game is over, you’re not down with water-you should drink at least another 8 ounces of water after you’ve done for the day
Since it can certainly be difficult to remember to stop and drink water, when you’re getting in a great workout or in competition mode, you should definitely be aware of the signs of dehydration and take the necessary steps if you think your body has fallen into that stage.

  • if at any point during your workout you begin to become dizzy or nauseous, stop and get water immediately
  • if you notice that you are no longer sweating, in an activity that normally causes sweating, this is happening because you have no extra liquid in your body
  • if your mouth becomes dry and you are beginning to experience muscle cramps, those are certain signs that you need water in your body as soon as possible
  • know that once you stop and hydrate, the symptoms may go away on their own, however if you have seriously dehydrated you may need to seek medical attention
You’ve got to take care of your body, so it can keep completing amazing feats. If you’ve ever been dehydrated or had an issue like runners knee, then you know this to be true. Here at Athletic Republic we can help teach you how to run the hardest, push the furthest, and be the best, but it all starts with you. For sports training in Orange County, give us a call, (714) 972-2762.