Everyone knows how important it is to stay hydrated throughout the day and drink more water on hot days. It’s also important to take your workouts into consideration.
Plan in advance when you’re going to exercise and make an effort to be hydrated before you start. There is nothing worse than being thirsty during your workout. You have some water and it sloshes around in your tummy. You still feel dehydrated, but now you feel nauseous too!
I’m a morning person so the day before a strenuous session I make an effort to drink more water than usual. When I wake up at night, I’ll also take a few extra sips of water. Then when the alarm goes off, all I need is a small sip and I’m ready to go! I’m already hydrated and wont get that horrible parched feeling. I wont need to drink extra during my workout and I’ll feel and perform so much better.
If you exercise in the afternoon, make an effort to drink much more than usual during the day. Stop drinking about 45 minutes before your workout, so you don’t need to interrupt it with a toilet break.
If you drink plenty of water but just don’t feel like it’s hydrating you, try adding a pinch of sea salt (not table salt) to your water bottle. You shouldn’t taste it. This will help your body absorb the water better. You will also receive some extra minerals from the salt.
Give this pre-hydration idea a go and let me know how it goes for you. I’m sure your workouts will be much more pleasant.
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