The Importance Of Hydration In Fitness
Oxygen Magazine Australia|Issue 95

Dehydration and fitness performance are more closely linked than you may realise. Find out how much water you really need to be consuming before, during, and after your workouts for optimum performance and health.

Sidrah Ahmad Waterlogic
What do you consider to be the most important component of your workout regime? Is it developing a well-maintained training routine? Or maybe it’s a proper nutritional program? How often do you consider the importance of keeping hydrated? Did you know that by losing as little as 2 percent of water in your body and experiencing dehydration, your fitness performance can be reduced by 25 percent? An astonishing finding¹ was published by Dr Amanda Carlson, a nutritionist and director of Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance. She uncovered that 98 percent of American college football players were dehydrated before their training session, which could have negatively affected their performance.

THE EFFECTS OF DEHYDRATION ON YOUR BODY

Water has three crucial functions:

● to transport nutrients and support the removal of waste

● to regulate blood pressure, and

● to cool your body temperature.

Proper hydration is equally beneficial in carrying oxygen to your muscles and helps to ensure you can train more efficiently and for a longer period of time.

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