How to Stay Hydrated for Maximum Performance
by Paul Enger
Those of us who have a fast metabolism generate body heat quickly, causing the body to sweat. Elite athletes will often times wake up in the middle of the night with a sweat-soaked pillow. Hydration is one of the ways to maintain that earned speedy resting metabolism.
My simple guide to water intake is this: Drink twelve ounces 2 hours before a scheduled activity, another twelve ounces 30 minutes before, and 8 ounces every ten minutes while training. If you work out more than an hour, you may as well bring your gallon jug. The better your hydration, the better the sweat, resulting in maximum toxin release and fat removal (OMG… a secret of the ripped!). After your workout, I recommend another 12 ounces. Waiting until you are done (and obviously in thirst mode) is not the time to drink those 96 ounces of water. Your workouts will always suffer and your stomach will be calling you an idiot.
So, how do we stay hydrated during the rest of the day? Here are some of my tips to making the consumption of water a little bit easier:
- If you have cup holder, it should not be empty- in all vehicles
- Get yourself a water filtration system attached to your tap water in your kitchen sink
- Buy a small cooling container for you fridge and keep it full and cool
- Keep a $3 case of water in the back seat of your car
- Go out and spend $10 or more on a fancy, take-everywhere water container. Making that investment will reduce the possibility of losing it.
Heat stroke can occur when you do not start hydrating yourself long before planned activity, helping your body sweat during an arduous workout. Maintaining temperature regulation in a in a healthy body is a full-time job. If you start drinking when your body yells ,“I’m thirsty” you’ll sacrifice intensity in an upcoming workout.
Note that warm water, unlike cold water, is used by the body more quickly. Until the water reaches 98.7 degrees, your body is not hydrating itself with that water. Set your cell phone for every hour, on the hour, to drink at least 4 ounces. When you finally start drinking water like your body is depending on it, I guarantee your workouts will improve immediately!