The Importance of Hydration

Winter quickly turned to early spring in February. People are getting outdoors and participating in recreational sports, running and cycling. Hydration is always an important component to a healthy workout. With the warmer temperatures hydration is even more critical as elevated air temperature increases sweating making fluid replacement vital.

Prepare your body for workouts by drinking 15-20 oz. of water 2 hours before activity.
During activity you should drink about 10 oz. of water about every 20 minutes. Fifteen to 20 minutes after activity, 15-20 oz. of water or an electrolyte replacement drink helps the body recover.

Remember, thirst is a warning sign that you are already dehydrated! Don’t wait for thirst, cramping, impaired muscle strength, fatigue or other much worse symptoms such as mental confusion before you hydrate.

Eric Welker, MA, ATC, PTA

Andrew Vertson

Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from California State University, Fresno in 1991. He then earned his Master’s degree of Physical Therapy in 1996 and his Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Loma Linda University. In 1996 he also earned his Certification as an Athletic Trainer. He has also completed extensive post-graduate course work in orthopedic manual therapy through Kaiser-West Los Angeles and the Ola Grimsby Institute.
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