Hydration is a key piece to exercise. When your body doesn’t have the fluid it needs, it won’t perform its best.
Ryan Szepiela, MD, a ProMedica Physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine, says that proper hydration starts before your workout. It can give you more energy for a better workout and ensure that your body doesn’t get dehydrated.
“I recommend 10 ounces for every 20 minutes of exercise,” said Dr. Szepiela, adding that you should drink more if it’s hotter outside or if you start to feel thirsty. If you’re dry in the mouth or uncomfortable in your workout, stop for water at a drinking fountain or be prepared with your own water bottle.
Sports drinks aren’t always necessary. “You can replenish almost anything with simple H20,” said Dr. Szepiela. Save the sports drinks for extended training like marathon training or extended lifting, when you may need to replenish your electrolytes.
Watch the video below with Dr. Szepiela to learn more about hydrating and symptoms of dehydration.