The Effects of Hydration on Sports Performance: H2O Is The Way To Go
The Effects of Hydration on Sports Performance is pretty self-explanatory
But for those who are not sure why, this post should give you an insight into the importance of hydration in sport
Water has the most health benefits than anything else on this planet
We shouldn’t just think of it as being a boring drink, but an essential drink that nobody can live without
Can you imagine not being able to drink natural water every day
There are some countries that don’t have the luxury that some countries do of having clean and fresh water every day
So don’t ever take water for granted
Why Drink Water?
Nearly two-thirds of the human body is made up of water so why do we need more?
Well just for starters on average, we lose around 250ml of water from our bodies on a daily basis just from breathing
And that’s without all the other ways we lose our body fluids?
Get your dirty minds out of the gutter, I’m obviously talking about sports
When you play any sports your body is constantly moving unless your a mate of mine called Dave who I used to play football with
I’m pretty sure he only came for the halftime oranges, the lazy bar steward!!!
Doctors tend to say that eight pints (2 litres) of water a day is perfectly fine for anybody to drink in a day to keep hydrated although it’s not a proven fact
That’s just for your average person so what about someone who regularly plays sports?
Lifehacker.com has some very useful information about this subject which you can Read About Here
Not every person in the world is the same so it will differ with each person and the sports that they are doing
I’m glad not everyone is the same… I don’t think my wife could deal with more than one person like me?
Let’s Get to it
Even if you are just playing sports for fun or a professional of your game, we all need to stay hydrated
And hydration in sports is very important
So as well as drinking your regular daily intake of water you need to take into the fact that your body is going to go through a lot during the game so it is very important that you drink water…
…Before, During, and After Sports
Knowing The Effects of Hydration on Sports Performance
So what are the reasons that we keep our fluids topped up?
- It helps lubricate your joints
- Helps transport nutrients to give your body energy
- Regulates your temperature through sweating
- Helps with blood circulation
- Removing waste
- Helps convert food to energy
- Helps with digestion
- Helps to moisten the skin
There can be some easy to spot effects that take place in your body that tell you when you are dehydrated.
- Muscle cramps
- Lack of sweating
- Dry mouth
- Nausea & being sick
- Dizziness & light headed feelings
- Fast or hard heartbeat
Don’t Take The Pis#
Another simple way of telling if you are dehydrated is to check your urine
And I don’t mean lean back and take a drink of it
Check to see the colour of it, if it’s colour-less or light yellow you should be fine but if its dark yellow or amber-coloured it could be a sign of dehydration
So Get Some Water Down Your Neck!
Do You Need More Than Just Water?
Sometimes just water isn’t enough
It can get a bit boring at times I know so some good old-fashioned tap water just simply won’t do so I personally opt for some fruit juice diluted with water or a shop bought sports drink
You need something to provide your body with carbohydrates for energy and to replace electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, potassium) that you will be sweating out
There are other options for you that you can buy online which are extremely good for you
And the ones I use are powders that you just add to normal water which can be much more effective than “just water”
The first one I use is called Labrada BCAA Powder which I get
This is a powder that will improve your muscle protein and is the Ultimate Recovery Drink to get those much-needed electrolytes back into your body
Or you could get this Musclepharm Amino1 Black that is a multi-ingredient drink for recovery and Hydration
Hydration is Paramount
Change The Way You Think
Don’t ever forget that The Effects of Hydration on Sports Performance can alter your game in a drastic way so don’t get caught with a lack of fluids whilst you’re on the field
If you have any questions at all about this post
Or if there are other ways that you keep hydrated I would love to hear from you so let me know in the comment section below