1. Your muscles contract when you exercise, which causes the temperature in your body to rise. Sweat is your body’s natural internal air-conditioning. It cools the outer layer of your skin and lowers the heat inside.
HOW MUCH WATER IS ENOUGH
Four hours before a workout, drink 5-7 ml of fluid per kg body weight. The average size person should drink 1.5 to 2 cups pre-exercise. This allows time for your kidneys to process the fluid and excrete any excess.
A good way to check if you’re drinking enough water is to monitor your urine color. It should be light yellow. If it’s dark, drink 1 to 1 1/2 cups more water.
YES, YOU CAN DRINK TOO MUCH FLUID
It even has a fancy name, known as hyperhydration. Here’s why that’s not good. Drinking too much fluid can cause your extra- and intracellular spaces to expand.
Too much fluid intake can cause frequent runs to the restroom, which disrupts a good workout OR it may also result in another fancy word, hyponatremia, also known as water intoxication. That’s more common in marathons.
When that happens, sodium levels in blood get diluted and can be fatal.
Remember, four hours before a workout, drink 5-7 ml of fluid per kg body weight. The average size person should drink 1.5 to 2 cups pre-exercise.
Maria Dorfner is an award-winning broadcast journalist specializing in health. MedCrunch is a division of Healthy Within Network (HWN), which she recently founded. She began her career at NBC. Since then, her stories have appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, CNBC, FOX, DISCOVERY HEALTH CHANNEL and more. Her lifelong passion is health and well-being. She also loves creating/producing shows. She is a voracious reader and learner. When she was 5-years-old, her entire face was burned to a crisp. The doctor in Brooklyn, NY said it would end up severely scarred. She recalls it vividly. She smiled when the doctor said that to her Mom, and wondered why he was worried and making her Mom cry. Maria believed she’d be fine. Later when she healed, the doctor called it “a miracle.” Right then, Maria learned the power of thought.
“Thoughts are powerful. So much so, that your mind is the key to your own health. Too many people can profit when you unwittingly hand that key over. The floodgates for information overload are open. It’s so important to question everything, and have a trusted source, especially when it comes to your health.” -Maria Dorfner, Nancy Drew of Health
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