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How much water should I drink? And why is it so important to stay hydrated?

Hydration is so important when competing in any sport or going to the gym. 60% of our body weight is made up of water, so it is vitally important to keep on top of your hydration levels, especially if you're an athlete. 

 

How much water should I drink?

The National Health Service (NHS) advises that we should drink 1-2 Litres of water a day which is around 8 glasses. 

However, if you are an athlete or regularly go to the gym, then it should be more than that. You should be aiming for 3 litres a day as a minimum. 

 

What are key signs of dehydration?

The best sign of dehydration is your urine colour, as outlined in this graph below:

dehydration urine colour test

Other symptoms include dizziness, headaches and confusion.

 

Why is it important to stay hydrated?

Hydration can massively impact sporting performance, whether thats in a high, anaerobic sporting environment, or a low intensity de-load day at the gym. 

It is therefore important to maintain hydration levels as it can have a wide range of benefits such as:

Water maintains blood volume, regulates body temperature and is involved in muscle contractions. Sweating is also a way in which the body regulates the optimum temperature, and consuming fluids (water) post-workout will replenish the fluids lost during perspiration; leading to an increased recovery time and reduction in DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness).

 

 

We hope this blog was helpful to you.

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- Written by Anthony Mellor