The heat of summer is coming…and you need to be drinking a lot of fluids if you are exercising…and especially if you are doing any type of workout outdoors.
Dehydration can cause:
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat Stroke
Not being properly hydrated can also cause your blood to thicken or to actually diminish in volume, which can cause your heart to work harder to push blood through your body. Your blood carries oxygen and nutrients to your muscles…so a lack of blood can lead to some serious performance issues.
When doing cardio or interval training, especially if you are doing it outdoors, I suggest consuming about 10oz of water atleast 15 minutes before your workout, around 8oz during your workout (unless you are working for time) and atleast 20oz after your workout.
If you sweat a lot like me, you need to weigh yourself before and after your hard workouts, if you are dropping 2 or more pounds while exercising you are losing a lot of water weight. You need to drink around 20oz per pound of weight you lost during your workout. This can be hard to do, but try your best to replace that water weight within 2-3 hours after your workout. Remember I talked earlier about the need to replace nutrients, especially protein after your workout? Those nutrients are carried through your body by your blood, so if you have a lower volume of blood it will be hard to get those nutrients to your muscles.
So, work your asses off, drink some water before, a little during and a whole lot of water after your workout. Simple people! Now hop to it!