Written by sports guru- Wallace Muya.
Water is the source of life in any living being, whether you are an athlete or a non-athlete. To a non – athlete they believe water helps in shinier hair, younger skin, healthier body and all those reasons are true and beneficial, but to an athlete water is essential before, during and after exercise.
Anyone would ask on how much water should one drink while exercising. There is no exact rules for how much water to drink while exercising, because everyone is different.
Drinking adequate amounts of water can go a long way in maintaining an athlete or sportsman’s health. Water ensures that the toxins are flushed out of the system and replenishes oxygen supply around the body.
Water also replenishes the potassium lost from the body while sweating. Therefore, lots of water should be consumed an hour before a high-endurance sport work out.
The best mechanism to fight dehydration is to consume water more often, do not wait until you thirst. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints.
It helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you are hydrated, your body performs at its highest level, therefore good results.
Simple things that our body work with also show indications of hydration or dehydration. For instance, when hydrated the urine colour is colourless or light yellow and when dehydrated the colour turns to dark yellow or amber colour and these applies to both athletes and non-athletes.
Dehydration can range from mild to severe. These symptoms of dehydration can include the following: dizziness, nausea, muscle cramps, dry mouth, hard or fast heartbeat and lack of sweating. In case of mental confusion, general weakness and loss of consciousness get medical attention.
Remember too much water right before the game will lead to frequent urination. So be careful!