Must-Read: Get to Hydrating
It is officially summertime, meaning the outdoors are beckoning, meaning you’re going to be spending a whole lot of time with the sun beating down and doing various sports, working out, going camping, and so on, and so forth. A summer that is not spent outdoors is a wasted summer. But the problem with playing hard is that you need to rest hard. If you don’t end up getting enough water or other liquids in your system, then your glorious afternoon on the basketball court is quickly going to derail into an embarrassing trip to the emergency room as the docs throw all sorts of IVs in your system to get you hydrated once again.
So today, we’re taking you over to Men’s Fitnesswhere they are going through the various best ways to hydrate yourself after a huge workout. For their piece, they have a Q&A with some kind of hydration expert to answer all of your questions about hydration. Among the issues asked and answered:
What’s the recommended amount of water to consume for training athletes? Is there a difference for endurance athletes vs. weightlifters?
“Recommendations of water consumption for both endurance and strength athletes really depend upon individual metabolism, sweat rate, climate and level of exertion. However a good blanket recommendation for both weight training and endurance athletes (assuming they are fully hydrated before training or the competitive event) is to drink 7 to 10 oz. of fluid every 10 to 20 minutes. If you are someone who perspires more than average or if you are competing in extreme climates or altitudes those amounts should increase.”
Head on over to the above link for some more tips about what to drink, when to drink, how much to drink, and other hydration issues. And then get on out there and start with the playing outdoors once again.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.