Hydration for Health and Performance

Did you know that the average woman is made of 50% water? Her blood is more than 90 percent water, her muscle is over 70 percent water and her body fat is about 10 percent water. The point is that water is a vital component to a woman’s daily human functions and when she is active in athletic training it is all the more important for her to understand and appreciate the importance of staying hydrated.

When you sweat you’re losing water and electrolytes so increase
your intake accordingly. If you’re not drinking enough water during
workouts try enhanced water to make it easier to stay hydrated.

The body uses water for numerous vital functions including digestion, circulation, urination, and perspiration! Dehydration will ultimately lead to fatigue because your body will actually need to work harder to deliver oxygen to your brain and perform other crucial tasks. By staying hydrated you will stay energized and feel more alert. Water is also very important in maintaining muscle tone and lubricating joints and connective tissue. Plus lack of hydration could cause cramping in your muscles during your workout. So drink up, sister!

Don’t put a lot of weight in the prescriptions for how much water one should drink each day. If you’re eating normally and drinking enough fluids when you’re thirsty you should generally be well hydrated. When you add some rigorous activity it’s less important to drink extra water BEFORE the activity than it is to stay hydrated DURING.

Keep in mind that when you sweat you’re losing water and various electrolytes so you should increase your intake accordingly. If you believe you’re not drinking enough water during your workouts try enhanced water. These flavored waters can encourage higher consumption than the plain variety, to make it easier to stay hydrated. While you don’t necessarily need extra electrolytes during your workout (assuming a well-balanced diet) the added vitamins and minerals can’t hurt.

Finally, even moderate levels of dehydration can compromise your physical performance. Be very careful about taking any extreme measures to cut weight. It is always better to use a gradual process to drop weight before a fight so to prevent any reduction in competitive prowess at fight time. It doesn’t make sense to deprive your body of important nourishment to beat the scale just to put yourself in a position to get beat in the ring.

Posted on August 6, 2014 .