Hydrating your body is key to optimal physical performance and keeping your body and mind healthy. However, if you aren’t drinking enough water on a daily basis your body may be experiencing some uncomfortable symptoms and impacting your body while you are exercising at the gym.
It is important to note that the amount of body fluid lost during exercise varies from person to person, day to day, and is also dependent on the type and length of exercise routine – according to Self Magazine.
Here are four signs that you may experience while you’re exercising if you aren’t hydrated.
Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout session. If you don’t drink enough water throughout your workout, you will start feeling sluggish and you may find it difficult to keep up with your workout. Drinking enough water will help you prevent feeling fatigued and keep you feeling energized.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
For anyone that works out it is obvious that your blood pressure increases during a workout. Typically if you work out on regular basis, you can tell and feel when your blood pressure is high and can typically go to the same range. However, if your body is dehydrated your blood pressure may spike to a higher range. You can use a heart monitor to help you measure your blood pressure and you can know when your blood pressure is too high.
ELEVATED BODY TEMPERATURE
Typically if you are working your body out hard enough – your body temperature spikes up causing you to sweat and lose water. If you are dehydrated while working out then it will take your body some extra time to reduce your body temperature back to 98.6 (the normal body temperature). Drink enough water throughout your workout to help keep your body temperature within a normal range.
Ever experiences muscle cramps when you are working out that sometimes you just need to stop? This is so uncomfortable and can be embarrassing to experience at the gym. Not only do you experience muscle cramps – if you aren’t eating enough potassium (eat your daily banana) but if you aren’t hydrated enough.
These are the four major signs that you should keep an eye out for the next time you are working out to see if you are dehydrated. Remember to drink as much water as you can throughout the day to keep you hydrated!
PREVENTING DEHYDRATION WITH YOUR GYM WATER JUG
Before you change into your workout gear, lace up your Nikes, have a pre-workout snack, and hop into the car to go to the gym or CrossFit – you need to fill up your gym water jug with some water. Begin hydrating a few hours before you workout so you aren’t chugging all this water right before you work out leaving you feeling full and bloated.