Sunday, June 16, 2024

Why Staying Hydrated is Crucial for Athletes

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Hydration is important, especially if you’re an athlete. The importance of staying hydrated cannot be overstated, especially when basketball season is in full swing and you’re jumping, diving, pushing, pulling, crossing, over, dunking, etc. You spend tons of energy in practice and during a game, which is why is so important to replace the water lost through sweat and make sure your peripheral limbs are hydrated.

Hydration Benefits

  • Improves muscle function and recovery. Hydrated muscles are less likely to cramp up. It also helps minimize soreness and prevents muscle failure so you can perform at a high level.
  • Maximizes endurance. Dehydration can impair endurance, leading to decreased performance and an increased risk of injury.
  • Improves circulation. Adequate hydration helps keep the blood flowing to ensure oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the muscles that need them.
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How to Hydrate Properly

Hydration doesn’t start the day of – it begins several days leading into training. If you’re training every single day, or it’s game day, then you should absolutely begin hydrating the day before.

It’s not recommend to hydrate during exercise because that can potentially increase the chances of GI issues, which can lead to nausea and/or vomiting.

Also, make sure you’re pacing yourself not chugging your water all in one sitting. It’s not necessary to do that and doesn’t make your body more or less hydrated.

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Ways to Hydrate

Of course, the most obvious way is to drink plain water, coconut water, or healthy energy drinks. What your daily intake should be depends on your body composition and varies from athlete to athlete.

There are other ways to hydrate yourself, like eating your water. Many fruits and vegetables have a high water content and can be eaten to hydrate your body. Here are a few examples of foods with high water content:

  • Melons (watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe)
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Summer squash (zucchini and yellow squash)

 Always consult with your physician before making any dietary changes.

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