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Importance of Hydration by Coach Jeremy
Most people know a large portion of their body is made up of water. What they don’t know however, is how much they should be drinking on a daily basis.
How much is enough?
Is it the same for everyone?
Well actually no it’s not and the amount that you should drink may vary based on who you ask. Some people say half of your body weight in ounces minimum per day. Some say 1/3 your body weight in ounces minimum per day. Either one should be sufficient for you.
Another thing people fail to realize is just how important water is. Nutrition makes up 1/3 of an individual’s fueling strategy. I’ll give you one guess what makes up the other 2/3 of that fueling strategy… That’s right, water and electrolytes. Electrolytes become more important at higher volume, longer distances like for endurance athletes.
For those of you that wanted to answer the previous question with coffee instead of water… Nice try! I bet you are also the people that think coffee and tea count toward your daily water totals… again, nice try! Things like coffee, tea, etc. are all considered diuretics. So they are actually counterproductive since all they really do is make you go to the bathroom more. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good cup of Joe as much as the next person, but those ounces cannot count towards our daily totals.
So what can happen if we are lacking on our daily totals? A little thing called dehydration! 2% is a manageable loss in hydration, but beyond that we start to see some noticeable drop-offs in our performance…
5-6% Sleepiness, headaches, nausea, tingling in the arms
10-15% loss of muscle control, hearing impaired, dim vision
Now don’t worry this blog is not trying to scare you. We just want to make you aware of how important that good ol’ H20 is for you!