16 Feb 3 Tips for Staying Hydrated Throughout an EPIC Workout
People everywhere are in search of a workout that can help them sweat off excess pounds fast, but many fail to recognize the importance of proper hydration. The idea that drinking water on your way to a fitness class is enough to hydrate your body is one shared by numerous fitness seekers. Not only should you implement regular water consumption into your lifestyle to fully optimize fitness efforts, but proper hydration during a workout is equally essential.
Regular fluid intake during a workout can help maintain your mental and physical performance. Dehydration can cause you to lose over 2% of body weight, significantly impacting your body temperature, cardiovascular system, and muscle function. Understanding what fluids and how often to consume them can be difficult, which is why we’re supplying you with key tips for staying hydrated throughout an EPIC workout!
Knowing What to Drink
There is an ongoing debate as to what drink is more beneficial to fitness efforts: water or sports drinks. The truth is that they both play a vital role in hydration. Water is ideal for workouts that are moderate in both length and intensity; however, a drink containing electrolytes and carbohydrates is favored for a high-intensity EPIC workout. The reason being is that the more you sweat, the more critical nutrients you lose.
Water and electrolytes like sodium, chloride, and potassium play a vital role in how your body functions. Lack of such nutrients can result in dizziness, muscle cramps, rapid heartbeat, and confusion, all of which are indicators of dehydration. By implementing regular water consumption into your lifestyle and consuming sports drinks as needed, you can best prepare yourself to reap the benefits of an EPIC workout.
Hydration Tips for HIIT
There are a few things you should know about proper hydration other than just choosing between sports drinks and water. Take heed of these essential tips for hydration during your workout:
- High Heat = More Fluids: You will sweat more in extreme heat conditions (whether indoor or outdoor), which means you will need to consume more fluids to replenish lost nutrients. Sports drinks can be most beneficial in such conditions.
- Avoid Over-Drinking: Hyponatremia occurs when there are low salt levels in the blood and is a direct result of excess fluid consumption. This condition is potentially life-threatening. Avoid this by limiting your fluid intake to one quart per hour.
- Don’t Wait Until You’re Thirsty: If you become thirsty during a workout, you are likely dehydrated. You can avoid dehydration by consuming 14-22 fl oz of essential fluids in the two to four hours leading to an intense workout.
If you haven’t been already, start consuming the necessary fluids to make the most out of your upcoming EPIC workout! Our high-intensity, circuit-style classes last 45-minutes and provide you with a highly-efficient full-body workout. All of our exercise programs are inclusive to individuals of all fitness levels who wish to entrust EPIC Hybrid Training with helping them achieve their fitness goals. Join us for a New York City HIIT workout today and discover how you can get your first class free!