Hydration for Athletes
Athletes are prone to dehydration which can lead to fatigue, headaches, decreased coordination, and muscle cramps. Athletes must be aware of the amount of water they drink before, during, and after training.
Prepare Your Body
Hydration cannot be overcome by last-minute intake of a large amount of water. The body needs to be well-hydrated in the days leading up to a long run, workout or competition. It's recommended that athletes consume at least 16 ounces of water per hour before a workout then four to six ounces of water every 20 minutes during a workout. In more intense workouts or those longer than an hour, some fluid intake could include a sports drink, which can help replace minerals lost during the workout. Additionally, it's important to rehydrate post-workout. In this case, sports drinks are a necessity because they contain electrolytes, including sodium, to help rehydrate.