Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hydration



We have been talking to you about hydration, electrolytes, and salt. It is extremely important and can be a problem if you are not careful.

When you sweat, your body loses not only water, but electrolytes and salt too. This delicate balance of water and electrolytes is crucial to keep your body functioning properly.

If you dont drink enough water, you can get dehydrated and suffer from light-headedness and nausea. If not recognized, dehydration can even result in kidney failure and or, in extreme cases death. However, if you drink too much water without replenishing your electrolytes, you can experience hyponatremia. This can lead to confusion, nausea, muscle cramps, seizures or even death in extreme cases.

We are training in the heat for a purpose, Bulldog. It will be hot, so just a few things to consider on our runs...

1. Sunscreen

2. Light colored sports wear, that is breathable with a hat

3. Stay hydrated. Before coming out to the runs, drink a glass of water. Carry more than you think you may need. Remember to drink every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty. When we are done, please rehydrate.

4. Replenish your electrolyte and salt intake while exercising. We use hammer products, but there are other products out there. Find what works for you.

5. Most importantly, listen to your body! Stop and let us know if you are feeling dizzy, faint or nauseous.

A message from your mother...:)