The body has only a few basic needs to keep it growing and staying productive. The first need has we gained the proper daily nutrients from the food we have eaten. The second are we staying hydrated. With any physical activity, we rely on these two needs.
Comparing two athletes with the same talent the one who has the needed glycogen and water will be able to perform at a higher level and for a longer period of time. What is the proper hydration requirements for men and women? When looking on the internet we will see many answers to the question, which one is right?
The mayo clinic explains it perfectly on what is needed for each person. The adequate intake (AI) states 13 cups for men which equal 3 liters of fluid. While women require less, the adequate intake (AI) is only 9 cups this equals only 2.2 liters for their daily needs. Is it possibly? If you’re an athlete you shouldn’t even ask the question but ask how can I?
There are many ways we can ensure we get the adequate amount of water in our system. After looking at our daily activities, we can ask ourselves a few questions. When do I drink? What do I consume? What do I drink two hours before training, during and afterwards?
If we are drinking many sodas throughout the day let’s make a few substitutions. We can carry a sports bottle with water this can help ensure we are reaching our needs. When we do this we are avoiding allot of sugar for our diet as well as gaining the needed water for our daily activities. Another question we can ask ourselves is eating the needed vegetables for our daily needs. Vegetables carry plenty of water which can lead to an extra source. The last question we can ask ourselves is, what are we doing two hours before practice or game? We should consume at least 16 oz before and some sports drink during and a mix of water and sports drink afterwards. This will allow us to stay hydrated but also help sustain our electrolyte levels.
Remember there is no way to reach our potential without first giving the body the opportunity. This opportunity comes from being properly hydrated each day.
"Nutrition and Healthy Eating: Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day?" Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day? Mayo Clinic. Web. 21 May 2015. .
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