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:
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).
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- Written by Anthony Mellor