Hydration and It's Effects On Performance
Did you know that improper hydration can reduce exercise endurance by nearly half?
There are a number of effects that come into play when you are dehydrated. These include a reduction in blood volume, decreased skin blood flow, decreased sweat rate, increased core temperature, and an increased rate of muscle glycogen use. Each one of these effects negatively impacts your ability to perform at a high level.
Dehydration also impacts your mental game as well. Dehydration can lead to slower reaction times, increased fatigue, and poor concentration.
A common question we get is how do I know if I am drinking enough? The best way to determine this is to calculate how many ounces of water you need to drink. This is best done by taking your body weight in pounds and dividing it by 2. Ex: a 160Lbs person would need to drink 80 ounces of water per day.
Staying hydrated adds a ton a value and importance to the everyday functions of our bodies. It is important for everyone to monitor their hydration levels and take responsibility for creating strategies that help maintain hydration levels.