The body cannot survive for many days without water and the effects of not drinking enough are progressive.
Mild dehydration is characterised by thirst and a difficulty in concentrating, however, if you do not redress this situation then eventually your circulation will be impaired and your vital organs will fail leading to death. It’s that important!
But, it is not only your health that is damaged by a sub-optimal fluid intake, your performance will also suffer. As little as 2% dehydration can cause a decreased ability to exercise but at 5% you may experience as much as a 30% drop in performance!
Water is one of the most essential components of the human body, yet many people do not understand the importance of a well-hydrated body nor how much water is lost during the day.
Did you know, water regulates the body’s temperature, cushions and protects vital organs, and aids the digestive system. And, because water composes more than half of the human body, it is impossible to sustain life for more than a week without it.
Necessary to the healthy function of all internal organs, water must be consumed to replace the amount lost each day during basic activities. Water not only composes 75 percent of all muscle tissue and 25 percent of fatty tissue, it also acts within each cell to transport nutrients and dispel waste.
Water also regulates the body’s temperature, allowing heat to evaporate from the body in the form of sweat. In one hour of exercise, the body can lose more than a quart of water, depending on exercise intensity and air temperature.
If there is not enough water for the body to cool itself through perspiration, the body enters a state of dehydration.
In a dehydrated state the body is unable to cool itself, leading to heat exhaustion and possibly heat stroke. Without an adequate supply of water the body will lack energy and muscles may develop cramps.
For regular exercisers maintaining a constant supply of water in the body is essential to performance. Dehydration leads to muscle fatigue and loss of coordination.
Even small amounts of water loss may hinder athletic performance. To prevent dehydration, exercisers must drink before, during and after the workout.
Fluid balance and replenishment
It is important to drink even before signs of thirst appear. Thirst is a signal that your body is already on the way to dehydration.
It is important to drink more than thirst demands and to continue to drink throughout the day.
One way to check your hydration level is to check the colour of your urine. The colour should be light to clear unless you are taking supplements, which will darken the colour for several hours after consumption.
Water is the best fluid replenisher for all individuals, although sports drinks may replace lost electrolytes after high-intensity exercise exceeding 45 to 90 minutes.
And remember – not all fluid has to come from pure water. Other choices include fruits, juices, soups and vegetables. It is easy to prevent dehydration with pure, healthy, refreshing water, so drink up!
- You need to drink one to two cups of fluid at least one hour before the start of exercise
- Drink eight ounces of fluid 20 to 30 minutes prior to exercising
- You should drink four to eight ounces of fluid every 10 to 15 minutes or so during exercise
- Drink an additional eight ounces of fluid within 30 minutes after exercising
- You should drink two cups of fluid for every pound of body weight lost after exercise
- Both caffeine and alcohol can have a diuretic effect, so be sure to compensate for this additional water loss
At 3-1-5 you may have seen our Hydro+ stations aorund the Club? Hydro + is a great tasting natural fruit drink loaded with electrolytes, minerals and nutrients. Everything you need to keep you hydrated before, during and after your training session. We offer the option to upgrade your membership to include unlimited drinks from Hydro+ please just speak to one of our front of house staff who will arrange this for you.
Another benefit of ‘filling up’ in the facility is reducing the amount of plastic disposable bottles used. Just bring your own re-useable bottle and do your bit to reduce the devastating pollution to our oceans and coastlines.