It is well known that adequate hydration is vital for optimal exercise performance, yet studies show we often do not drink enough fluids to support our level of physical activity.
WHAT IS DEHYDTRATION?
Dehydration is a decrease in body fluid from a normally hydrated state. It can occur by not taking enough fluid before or during exercise or by losing too much fluid from sweating during exercise.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Dehydration can make your workouts seem harder and be less effective which may lead to you no achieving your overall physical activity goals.
SYMPTOMS OF DEHYDRATION Thirst, fatigue, weakness Headache, irritability, dizziness Reduced mental alertness Impaired vision and muscle control
WHAT TYPE OF BEVERAGES & HOW MUCH IS RECOMMENDED?
Fluid needs can be met with more than just water; all beverages, including water, milk, 100% juice, coffee and tea, count.
WOMEN: need to drink 2.2L (about 9 cups) of fluid per day. Pregnant women need 2.3L (about 10 cups)
MEN: need to drink 3L (about 13 cups) of fluid per day.
QUICK TIPS Cool drinks are more satisfying to your palate, which encourages you to drink up when you exercise Remember to have a drink with meals and snacks on active days Keep track of your daily fluid intake with a checklist.
If you have any questions or would like additional information on this matter please speak with your physiotherapist at any of our three locations which can be found at our Orleans physiotherapy, Westboro Physiotherapy and Barrhaven Physiotherapy locations.