The human adult body on average contains about 60% water. Water is contained in every cell, tissue and organ. The body uses water to help regulate temperature, facilitate the transportation of oxygen throughout the body, aid digestion and the break down of food, as well as the removal of waste. Water is essential for sustaining life!
Water in the body is lost through daily bodily functions including respiration, but one of the fastest ways of losing water is through physical activity and sweating.
If water is not replaced, dehydration can set in very quickly.
Symptoms of dehydration may include:
Dry mouth or thirst
Lack of sweat
The average recommended daily water intake is eight 8-ounce glasses, however if you are exercising and perspiring, you are more susceptible to dehydration and you may need to drink more water.
Here are a few tips to help you stay hydrated when exercising:
Drink about 16 ounces of water approximately 2 two hours before your workout
Drink about 8 ounces of water 30 minutes prior to your workout
Continue to drink 7-10 ounces approximately for every 10-20 minutes of your workout
Within 30 minutes of finishing your workout drink another 8 ounces of water.
Depending on the type of physical exercise you are engaging in, or other factors such as a condition or illness, it may also be a good idea to talk to your doctor, to ensure that you are drinking the right amount for you.