Hydration is key. It helps balance your electrolytes and helps your body regulate itself after losing sweat. This can help with endurance and keep you energized throughout your entire workout routine.
Here are 5 tips to help you do so!
- If your mouth is dry or you feel thirsty—quench it.
Even if you don’t feel your body will shrivel up and die that exact moment, if you feel a mild need for a sip of something, or your mouth feels a little dry, take one or two sips of something. Even a mild yen for liquid can be a warning sign that your body is becoming dehydrated. Also, the feeling of hunger during a workout may be your body’s cry for liquid. Try a few swallows before succumbing to the protein bar. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Eat a complimentary fruit platter.
Certain fruits are amazing in keeping up your electrolytes, but some also can help with hydration such as watermelon, strawberries, and honeydew. These alone won’t do much, but coupled with drinking fluids, eating fruit can be a great help in regulating your hydration.
- Embrace sport drinks and coconut water.
Sometimes tap water won’t exactly cut it. When sweating we lose electrolytes and sports drinks and coconut water can help replace that. They can taste salty and not exactly be our favorite, but they can be good for staving off hydration. Though keep in mind that sports drinks in excess can be harsh on your teeth, so enjoy in moderation.
- Listen to your body and your muscles.
When your body is lacking H2O, it gets more easily fatigued. Also pinch the skin on the back of your hand, if it takes a bit to relax back to its normal position, you may be dehydrated. Your body will let you know it needs liquids, so make sure to listen and respond immediately.
- Just Drink!
Regular water is perfect! It rehydrates your body and your body yearns for its replenishing powers. Try to drink 7 to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes during your exercising. But also listen to your body if it’s too much, slow down. Too much water and hydration can be just as detrimental as too little. But please, drink water and be merry.
Hydration is key! I hope these tips are useful to you.