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By: MercyOne Staff
Water intake affects your heart rate, core body temperature, circulation and the ability of muscles to contract properly. Here are four facts you need to know about hydration:
According to the American College of Sports Medicine® (ACSM), inadequate hydration can lead to dehydration, heat illnesses, muscle fatigue, energy loss and decreased performance as well as severe or fatal health issues.
If you plan on working out for less than 60 minutes, water works wonders. However, if the environment you are exercising in is hot or your workout is longer than one hour, sports drinks that include carbohydrates (glucose) and sodium (salt) are the best option.
Hydrate before you become thirsty and throughout your day. Also, drink before, during and after an exercise class.
An easy way to monitor hydration is by paying attention to the color of your urine. If hydrated, your urine should be clear or light yellow.
For more information about proper hydration during exercise, please consult a fitness specialist.
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