Exercise and Sports Performance Hydration
Many athletes endure vigorous or prolonged physical activity (i.e. during endurance sport or exercise). This can often lead to an increase in the body’s core temperature. Resulting in a higher sweat rate, an increase in body temperature and physical activity leads to the loss of bodily fluids and electrolytes and can cause mild to moderate dehydration. Various sports or intense workouts can result in dehydration. Some of these include: distance running such as marathons, endurance cycling, cross fit, MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, powerlifting, training for college or professional athletics of all types, and hot yoga.
The Effects of Dehydration on Exercise and Sports Performance
When exercising, you lose fluid and electrolytes through sweat which can cause dehydration. Because dehydration can affect your mental and physical state, it can lead to problems that affect your performance, including::
- Cramps, spasms, and soreness
- Impaired concentration
Optimal sports performance requires an athlete to be at their peak – physically and mentally. Maintaining the proper balance of electrolytes and fluids will help athletes avoid performance pitfalls of dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration, such as headaches and fatigue, can hinder your athletic performance. Drinking sugary sports performance drinks doesn’t provide the necessary electrolytes needed to recover after sports or exercise.
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Dehydration and Recovery from Sports and Exercise
Dehydration and exercise are a common pairing by nature. After any workout or prolonged physical activity, it’s always important to recover by restoring the body’s fluid levels. However, when preventing and relieving dehydration related to sports and exercise, it is important to replace both the lost fluids and electrolytes after exercising.
Why Do You Need Electrolytes?
Electrolytes help regulate body fluids. They’re an essential part of sports and exercise performance because they aide muscle and nerve functions. If the body loses enough fluids and electrolytes through exercise, you can begin to experience dehydration symptoms like muscle cramps, fatigue, and thirst. Some of the benefits of recovering with electrolytes include:
- Retain the fluid you consume
- Support nerve and muscle function
- Prevent the symptoms of dehydration
- Replenish key minerals like sodium and potassium
Hydralyte for Sports Recovery
Hydralyte’s electrolyte solution is clinically formulated for rapid rehydration that is suitable for athletes of all ages and performance levels. It’s low in sugar and high in the electrolytes lost through sweating from sports and exercise. Proper recovery after a physically demanding workout requires proper hydration, and since athletes are required to perform at optimal levels, staying hydrated is a big factor in overall performance. Learn more about how Hydralyte compares to other commonly used solutions. When using Hydralyte for dehydration related to endurance exercise, it is best to implement a fluid regime in consultation with your sports physician, occupational health physician, or regular medical practitioner.