Health Tip Of The Week
Tip Of The Week #1: Hydration Guide
Develop and Maintain Adequate Hydration During Athletic Activity
1 - Arrive Hydrated
Drink between 12-16 ounces of fluid 30-45 minutes prior to beginning athletic activity. Be sure to drink fluid containing electrolytes with sodium and potassium, such as Gatorade or Powerade. Also, arrive at the game or athletic activity with enough back-up fluid to maintain hydration through the course of activity. Around 32 ounces is sufficient to maintain hydration for 3 hours of activity.
2 - Half-Hour Hydration Check
Drink between 8-12 ounces of water or electrolyte fluid every half hour during activity. The first hour’s fluids can be just water, however be sure to include electrolyte fluids with sodium and potassium thereafter.
3 - Keep it Cool
While breaking to rehydrate, remove headgear or extra equipment if safe, and allow the body to dissipate heat. Use this time to also check for any dizziness, nausea or other signs of dehydration and pending heat illness.
4 - Watch the Color
Monitor urine color and production during endurance activity lasting more than 4 hours. Dark urine is a sign of dehydration, as the body is trying to preserve what little fluid is left, meaning that more electrolyte fluids need to be consumed.
5 - Finish and Refill
Once activity has finished, drink at least 12-16 more ounces of electrolyte fluid. Continue to monitor for signs of dehydration throughout the day, refilling on electrolyte fluid as needed.
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