Importance of Hydration in Performance
Getting enough fluid is good for your body. The American Council on Exercise recommends that athletes hydrate while exercising, as well as both pre- and post-workout to replace fluids lost through sweat. The human body is made up of approximately 60% water; it’s no surprise that proper hydration is crucial to a variety of essential functions that can impact athletic performance.
Exactly how does hydration affect your performance?
- Fluid helps to regulate body temperature.
- Fluid helps to regulate blood pressure.
- Fluid helps in the movement and transport of essential energy nutrients.
Get adequate amounts of water to prevent dehydration
Drink 17 to 20 fl oz of water two to three hours before exercise
Drink 8 fl oz of fluid 20 to 30 minutes before exercise
- During workout
Drink 7 to 10 ounces of fluid every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise
Drink an additional 8 ounces of fluid 30 minutes after exercise
Drink 16 to 24 ounces of fluid for every pound of body weight lost during exercise
For more information, go to ACEfitness.org