Matt Dixon covers the basic steps to recovery following a race so you can truly optimize your performance for the next adventure.
Of the six studies to accurately assess the effects of dehydration on muscular strength, it is suggested that dehydration at a level of 3‐4% body mass loss reduces muscle strength by an estimate of 2%.
Whether you're just starting out with an exercise plan or you're a highly trained athlete, we've got some quick tips to help you understand the importance of hydration on your performance.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that exercise lasting more than 1 hour should be accompanied by an electrolyte-rich beverage to reduce muscle and abdominal cramping and prevent the risk of hyponatremia.
Your performance during anaerobic exercise, which is defined as high intensity exercise lasting between 30-120 seconds, can be greatly hindered by small levels of dehydration.
When we exercise we naturally get dehydrated while, at the same time, we have to deal with a rising core temperature due to the heat created by work performed. Hydration is critical in preventing early onset of fatigue while maximizing the body's cooling capability.
One way to determine how much fluid you need to drink during a workout is by measuring your sweat rate. It’s an easy calculation and can help you perform your best.