Hydration is always important and almost every one of us is walking around dehydrated and with spring/summer just around the corner it's even more important to drink up!
- Dehydration impairs both physical and mental performance in all types and levels of sport, yet it can be easily avoided.
- Did you know, even low levels of dehydration have physiological consequences? A loss of 2% body weight (just 2lbs for a 150lb person) causes an increase in perceived effort and is claimed to reduce performance by 10-20% .
- A fluid loss exceeding 3-5% body weight reduces aerobic exercise performance noticeably and impairs reaction time, judgement, concentration and decision making - vital elements in all sports and LIFE!
- A simple way, is to notice the color of your urine - the less color the better!
- For another quick test - press your thumbs into the inside of your shin bone (the flat portion of your tibia). If you can see an imprint when you remove your thumb - you're dehydrated!
I've challenged several of my clients to drink at least one gallon of water every day! Are you up for the challenge?