Everyone knows your body is a machine that needs fluids to operate effectively. Fun fact, your body is more than 60% water, and even light exercise can lower that percentage. You need those fluids to function, and you definitely don't want to feel burned out in the middle of an awesome ride.
So let's make sure you don't become dehydrated in the heat of summer!
The Benefits of Staying Well Hydrated
- More energy
- Fight the fatigue!
- Stay cooler, feel better.
- Go farther, faster with more power.
- Burn more calories.
- Reduce your recovery time so you can go out and do it all over again.
Signs of Dehydration
Did you know once you start to feel thirsty, signs of dehydration have just begun? Don't let it get pass this point! If you ignore this, your body will react and show signs of slowing down. Some signs include a dry mouth and a decrease in energy. These can then quickly lead to cramps, headaches and nausea if left untreated. Drink that water!
As simple as a glass of water could help the dehydration. Experts recommend the following to make sure you are well hydrated while exercising:
- Drink early—about 2 hours before exercise.
- Drink often—continually sip fluids rather than gulp them down infrequently.
- Add sport/energy drinks —they help restore carbohydrates and electrolytes.
- Drink after—post-exercise hydration gets your fluid levels back to normal and can help with recovery.
- Urine test? Darker color and less volume is an indication that you're dehydrated.
Lastly, make sure your fluids are close at hand. (*hint hint, don't leave it in the car). Check out our hydration packs!
Can you Overhydrate?
Too much of a good thing, even water, can have negative side effects.
Tips to not Overhydrate
- Try not to drink more than you sweat.
- Keep your salt levels balanced by drinking a sports drink with electrolytes instead of plain water and/or eating a salty snack such as pretzels.
- Drink while you're exercising and you'll be less likely to drink too much.