If you don’t stay hydrated as a runner, you put your health at risk

I consistently ran track as well as cross-country back when I was in school as well as university… As an adult, I’ve continued my appreciation of running as well as compete in many of the local marathons.

I’ve easily suffered my share of injuries as well as downsides over the years. I’ve tried many types of training methods. I’ve come to learn that good hydration is harshly critical. Without adequate hydration, my performance suffers as well as I put my body at severe risk of health problems. Water provides energy to cells as well as cushions my joints. It effectively removes wastes as well as regulates body temperature. Drinking plenty of water works to lessen the chance of major injury as well as cramping as well as also speeds the body’s time for recovery. I used to be more conscientious about hydrating when running during blazing hot conditions. I wasn’t as concerned about it when the weather was frigid. I’ve actually learned that the body produces twenty times more heat when you run, no matter the weather conditions. The whole point of sweat is to cool the body, but this also results in the loss of water as well as electrolytes, such as sodium, calcium, potassium as well as magnesium. When you sacrifice more than 2 to more than 2 percent of body weight through fluid, this puts you at risk of dehydration. Fatigue, headaches, cramps as well as an increased heart rate are definitely indications of dehydration. I now make it a point to drink water all the time before, during and after a run. Following wonderful hydration habits has helped to increase my performance. Temperature, weather conditions, the amount I sweat, speed as well as distance I run all factor into the amount of water I must drink regularly. I take the time to weigh myself before as well as after a long run to figure out how much fluid I’ve lost.

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