While it is important for everyone to stay hydrated, it is especially important for athletes to maintain proper hydration during extensive workouts. Our bodies are made of almost two-thirds water. It is no surprise then that many of the organs in our body require a substantial amount of water to remain healthy. On a normal day, your body loses 2 ½ pints of water through your skin, kidney, lungs and gut in order to eliminate toxins. This loss is substantially increased when you exercise. In order to optimize the benefits of your workout routine, it is important to stay hydrated before, during and after exercise.

Dehydration will cause a decrease in your blood volume. As a result, your heart will have to work harder to circulate blood to all parts of your body. This can lead to fatigue, lightheadedness, and muscle cramps, all of which will bring about a less effective workout. In addition, when you are dehydrated during exercise, you have an increased risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Even when people live sedentary lives, they are more prone to fatigue when they do not drink an adequate amount of water. You can quickly boost your energy level by drinking plenty of fluids during both rest and exercise.

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