Preventing dehydration, especially during these hot summer months, is essential during both training and racing.
Sweating depletes your body of water and salts. The harder you breathe, the more water escapes through your respiratory system. As your body runs low on liquids and you become increasingly dehydrated, your total blood volume drops. Your heart must pump at a higher rate to circulate the same amount of blood, diverting needed blood and performance energy from your large running muscles.
Sweating keeps you cool and must be replaced or your performance will be affected. Drink water- roughly one cup of water for every 15 minutes of running.
Wear your torso pack with your water bottle. Drink prior to your run, and drink water throughout the day. Keep a bottle on your desk, in your car, and your bedside. Water is one of the best ways to suppress your appetite and cut back on unnecessary calories, increasing your energy level, helping you sleep better, and even improving your memory.
To help you stay cool, run in trails or park areas to find some shelter from the sun. And don’t forget on those rainy days you are still dehydrating!
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John Stanton is the President and Founder of Running Room. A best-selling Canadian author of 10 books on running and walking, John Stanton was named to Macleans magazine’s Canada Day Honour as one of 10 Canadians who are making a difference in our nation, for his contribution to health through fitness.