Each activity exerts different demands on the body and can affect sweat levels. We have included a basic selection of sports that encompass high-aerobic to anaerobic activities. If your chosen sport or exercise is not listed here, simply choose the activity that most closely mirrors yours as far as physical demand.
Activities can dictate the type of apparel you wear and the type of gear you may be carrying. Typically, clothing adds insulation and increases your sweat rate. The addition of backpacks to Hikers increases the energy costs of locomotion and reduces the surface area available for heat transfer, thereby further increasing dependence on sweating to cool the body. Sports in which protective equipment is worn (eg, football) should ensure that frequent hydration breaks are implemented into a practice session since this type of equipment has also been shown to affect heat dissipation from the body during exercise.
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Time and Intensity are two of the largest factors in determining how much water you should drink during your exercise or race. Obviously, the longer you are out there, the greater your total water requirement.
More than any other factor, intensity will significantly influence your hydration requirements. Are you running close to top speed flat out for 30 minutes? Or are you running closer to a jogger’s pace for 30 minutes? The difference in sweat rate and therefore hydration demands could be significant.
It’s important to honestly assess your intensity as this is a critical factor in your overall hydration needs. As your intensity increases, you sweat more, and therefore dehydrate at a faster rate. To sustain a high-intense workout for a longer period of time it’s important to understand your target water consumption and drink consistently throughout the session to keep your body’s hydration level in balance. This will keep your muscles functioning properly to reach optimal endurance levels.
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