Hey there RYPEness!!
If you are like me, you have definitely noticed an increase in the heat and humidity over the last week or so. Man…it just came out of nowhere! Nonetheless, its here and us active folks need to understand how to deal with it.
Water is the building block of life as we know it, and you should be proactive about keeping yourself hydrated even when you aren’t training or being active. Not only does water speed up your metabolism, it cleans your body of toxins and helps all systems run smoothly. Basically, water makes you feel better….period.
But how do we approach it during our training? WE HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!
Here is a question for you: During your swim training, is it important to keep drinking water? I mean, you are in a cool pool right? YES IT IS! Its kind of hard to tell the difference between sweat and water when you are wet, but best believe that you are sweating. So keep that water bottle next your pull buoy and kick board as you push through that workout.
Heading out on that bike? Make sure you have a sufficient amount of water with you. Most riders need about 28oz of fluid per hour, so plan accordingly based on the distance you plan to cover. My approach to ensuring that I am drinking enough water is to make sure I am drinking about a quarter of my water bottle every 15 minutes.
If you’re looking for a general rule of thumb for fluid consumption during your runs: You should take in 4 to 6 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes during your runs. During longer workouts (90 minutes or more), some of your fluid intake should include a sports drink (like Gatorade) to replace lost sodium and other minerals (electrolytes). The carbohydrates and electrolytes in the sports drink also help you absorb the fluids faster.
So…there ya have it! Get those water bottles full and put those run belts on. Let’s get fit and stay hydrated!
Be cool RYPEness!!