Hydration plays an important part of any workout. Did you know that dehydration can lessen your strength? For every 1% of body weight lost through sweat, heart rate rises an additional three to five beats per minute according to MedicineNet.com.
Grabbing that water bottle will help your body in a number of ways. Water actually cools down your body temperature, which is important as you’re warming up during exercise. Water also makes up a large amount of the fluid in your joints. Staying hydrated can help you move more freely and avoid cramps. Also, keep in mind that you’re sweating fluids when you work out. It’s important to replenish those by drinking water.
Hydration is especially important during the summer months. Heat puts an additional demand on the body, and heat stroke is very common for those who are inexperienced with exercising in warm weather. Keep in mind that thirst is not always an accurate indicator that your body needs fluids. Remember to drink water frequently, especially when exercising, even if you are not thirsty.
Knowing the signs of dehydration can help you as you work out this summer:
(from the Mayo Clinic)
Achieving wellness means being in tune with your body’s needs. Pay special attention to your hydration as you work out in these last dog days of summer.
Push Pedal Pull will be out and about, encouraging fitness (and hydration) at upcoming events in the Midwest. Grab a water bottle from our smiling representatives at the Iowa, Oklahoma and Tulsa State Fairs! We hope to see you there.