While it is common knowledge that people can survive without food – even for a number of weeks – without access to the precious liquid H2O, you’d be a gonner in just a few days. This comes as no surprise, considering humans are mostly made up of water. That dizzy feeling you may have experienced at the gym may not necessarily be due to lack of fitness; rather, dehydration could be the reason you’re feeling faint. Everybody needs water to survive and when you exercise you simply need more of it. With the 2018 Commonwealth Games coming to a close on the Gold Coast this weekend, more people are likely to be inspired to sweat it out trying some new sports. So now is a good time to look at how important hydration is when you exercise.
Drink plenty of water when you’re working out.
When you exercise you lose water through your pores in the form of sweat and in your breath as it becomes more laboured. If you are not hydrated sufficiently your body’s own systems will act to rectify the problem by restricting water to vital organs, which require hydration to function. The first to suffer are the liver and kidneys and the most obvious sign will nearly always be darkly coloured urine, often before you feel thirsty. Give your body the TLC it needs by investing in one of our sleek insulated stainless-steel, drink bottles in a variety of cool hues to keep yourself hydrated and energised. Not only are you doing yourself a favour, these bottles look great at the same time.
So how much hydration do you need?
Keep it coming! The more you train, the more water you need to drink. With a mere 2% of dehydration resulting in a possible 20% drop in physical performance, resisting the urge to drink in favour of a longer, harder workout will only impair your fitness fun.
Not a fan of plain ol’ H2O? Freshly squeezed juices are an ideal form of both nutrition and hydration, which is why we love our quality juicer when we ramp up our workout routines at Junomojo. If you’re into spreading the love with improved health and wellbeing, the cold press juicer is an essential appliance in your kitchen.
Maintain maximum efficiency during exercise with plenty of water by drinking a minimum of 230mL to 300mL of water every 15 minutes, even during the most intense workouts. Sip slowly so as not to overdo it and fill your digestive tract – or you may get gassy and have to keep stopping to avoid getting a ‘stitch’. By keeping up your fluids, you will enhance your performance and gain optimum results from your training.
More than just water!
Obviously plain purified water is the best way to hydrate your system, but if you want to ramp up the flavour factor, there are some great ways to get your fluid fix. Our Tea Tonic Well-Being teas offer a range of refreshing and revitalising tastes to drink to keep your body in balance. Clear water combined with our delicious flavoured protein powders provide an invigorating change from untreated water and offer a whole bunch of healthy minerals, which can become depleted in your body during exercise.
So go for gold during the upcoming Commonwealth Games and make some room in your gym bag for a revitalising drink. Your body will thank you and you’ll be better prepared to hit your fitness goals.