You have probably heard about the fact that the human body is 60% water and the muscles are 75% water and that water travels constantly through your body, improving all its functions and keeping it healthy. This is the reason why we could not survive more than a week without water!
When you’re exercising, your body uses a lot of water and it is recommended you don’t neglect this aspect because dehydration can lead to muscle cramps, fatigue, the breakdown of the skeletal muscle, headaches, poor concentration and it can also lead to constipation, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
How To Ensure Your Body Gets All the Hydration It Needs
Aside from the fact that depending on the season, you should exercise when it’s the coolest outside, like mornings and late evenings during summer with proper clothing (light fabric), you should also make sure you drink water before, during and after the exercising session.
After an entire night of sleep, your body will get a good start if you have a glass of plain water right after you wake up (add a little lemon juice if you wish). This way you’ll be able to start the exercises in an energetic way and face all the effort done in the next half hour or so.
- It is best if you drink a small bottle of water at least 2 hours before exercising.
- A small glass of 200 ml (7 oz.) during exercising, every 10-20 minutes.
- And a half a litre (15 oz.) of water for every 500 grams (1 pound) is lost through perspiration after exercising.
Due to the fact that we lose water even when we breathe we can, therefore, imagine how important it is to drink enough water for the body to function at its best.