Preperaing for Camps (Hydration)
As camps begin to roll around it is important
to know and understand the role of hydration!
Texas Heat is noting to play with!
How much water should you drink?
8 glasses of water a day is no longer true. Instead, think about how much you weigh and divide that number in half. That’s how many ounces of water you should drink per day. For instance, a person who is 200 pounds, should drink 100 oz. of water per day to be adequately hydrated. (That’s 12.5 glasses of water!) Athlete’s with a high level of muscle mass should drink even more, about two-thirds of their body weight in ounces per day.
Are you dehydrated?
The easiest way to tell if your hydrated, or not, is to look at the color of your urine. The clearer it is, the more hydrated you are. If your urine is brown or deep yellow, you need to drink more water, immediately.
Should you drink water while you exercise? And how do you prevent that sloshing feeling inside your stomach?
Yes, you should drink about 8 oz. every 15 minutes while exercising. If you drink smaller amounts (say 4 oz. at a time), you’ll keep from getting that uncomfortable sloshing feeling, which often occurs when we get too thirsty and drink too much water at a time. If you quit sweating during a workout, that is indication you need more water. Although water can give you a bloating feeling, it is important to eat after working out as well!
Water vs. sports drinks-which is better?
Sports drinks contain extra sugar and calories that can benefit a real endurance athlete (someone who is exercising for 4 hours or more) or someone in an extremely hot environment. Otherwise, water is always a better choice both physically and economically.For our camps, Gatorade and water in a 50/50 consumption rate is optimal.
Bottled water-is it better for you?
Some bottled waters come from springs and some from metropolitan sources. It comes down to an individual’s choice, which you prefer or whether you’d rather drink tap water. Just be sure to stay hydrated no matter which type of water you choose to drink.
Please make sure your child is prepared, physically which improves mental functuality, including awareness.Being dehydrated can mess with the mind of an athlete and allow an individual to lose focus. Dehydration can cause an athlete to lose 10% of maximum body strength.
Stay hydrated my friends.