What You Need to Know About Hydration

Lee Watts
Lee Watts
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Joined  12-05-2011
13 February 2013 10:42

Consuming sufficient fluids before, during, and after workouts is necessary for optimal strength training and aerobic endurance conditioning.  Water, the largest component of the body, represents 45% to 70% of a person’s body weight.  If sweat losses are not replaced, body temperature rises, leading to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death.  You should intake approximately 16 fluid ounces of a cool beverage 2 hours before a workout.  During activity, you should drink 6 to 8 fluid ounces every 15 minutes.  After a workout you should replenish fluids at a rate of at least 1 pint (16 fluid ounces) for every pound of body weight lost during the workout.  Ideally you should start exercise in a hydrated state, avoid dehydration during exercise, and rehydrate before your next workout session