January is peak season for gyms, as many people look to make a healthy start to the year. When exercising, it is important to drink plenty of water. Failing to stay hydrated can cause health problems and negate the benefits of working out.
The body sweats a lot during workouts. As it keeps moving, the heartbeat accelerates to deliver blood throughout the body and the body temperature rises. That can cause symptoms of dehydration such as nausea and dizziness. When the body is dehydrated, it is hard for blood to be delivered to the skin and muscles, and cardiovascular and nervous systems can be damaged.
Even if you aren't thirsty, drinking water is necessary during workouts because the body may already be dehydrated. When you sweat you lose fluids, so it is safe to frequently pause your exercises and drink water.
Here are some tips to keep hydrated. Drink 5 to 7 ml of water per kg of weight two hours before exercising. It is better to drink warm water than cold, because it is absorbed by the body more easily.
Sports drinks, which contain sodium and potassium, are as good, as the body loses electrolytes through sweat. It is preferable to take a couple of sips of water every 15 minutes.
After exercising, drink 150 ml of water per 100 g of lost weight. Sports drinks are handy if you need to quench your thirst fast.