Runners need a good amount of hydration

I pretty much always ran track and cross-country during high school and secondary school.

As an adult, I’ve continued my total love of running and compete in all kinds of marathons… I’ve suffered my share of injuries and downsides over the years. I’ve tried many different types of training methods. I’ve learned that regular hydration is severely pressing. Without passable hydration, my performance suffers and I put my body at a great deal of risk of drastic health troubles. Water provides energy to cells and cushions the joints. It effectively gets rid of wastes and regulates body temperature! Drinking plenty of water works to lessen the chance of crucial injury and cramping and also speeds the body’s recovery time. I used to be more conscientious about hydrating when running during blazing hot and humid conditions. I wasn’t as uneasy about it when the weather was nice and cool. I’ve learned that the body produces twenty times more heat when you are running, no matter the weather conditions. The purpose of sweat is to cool the body, but this also results in the loss of water and electrolytes, such as sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium! Sacrificing up to 3 percent body weight through fluid puts you at severe risk of dehydration. Fatigue, headaches, cramps and an increased heart rate are all serious signs of dehydration. I now make it a point to drink water before, during and after a run. Following excellent hydration habits has helped to boost my performance. Temperature, weather conditions, the amount I sweat, speed and distance I run all factor into the amount of water I need to drink. I take the time to weigh myself before and after a run to identify how much fluid I’ve actually lost.

 

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