There is no other contribution we make to our bodies on a daily basis that is more important to our health than drinking plenty of water. At nearly 70 percent, our bodies are mostly made up of water, and our blood is about 90 percent water. We can go a few weeks without food, but we can only survive a few days without water. The average person loses two to three liters of water every day, through sweat, urine, respiration, and cellular function. And yet, so many people go through their days dehydrated. The signs of dehydration are lack of energy, confusion, headaches, body aches, irritability, moodiness, muscle cramps, and fatigue. Dark-colored urine may also be a sign of dehydration.
Thirst is a sign that your body is already moving toward the state of dehydration. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Eight cups per day is a generally recommended minimum. With your Outdoor Fitness exercise, you may need more than that. Drinking 2 liters of water throughout the day will keep you hydrated, thinking clearly, feeling energized and satiated, and prepared for your regular fitness sessions.
Water and Your Workout
To prepare for an exercise session, drink water 30-60 minutes before your workout. If you are working out for 60 minutes or less you don’t need to worry about drinking during your session. Just make sure you drink immediately after your workout, and then throughout the day. If you are working out for more than 60 minutes, be sure to take water along with you and a small snack is also a good idea.