The majority of people are under the impression that dehydration is something that happens only to athletes. The truth is that it happens to everyone, across all lifestyles and of all ages. Athletes just experience dehydration faster, with signs that are more visible.
Whether it is during a long walk to the office or during physical training, our body heats up when it works hard. To try to cool your body down enough to prevent heat stroke and to reduce core temperature, our bodies have to perspire. The perspiration evaporates to assist the body to reduce temperature. The drawback is that during warmer weather or constantly being in heated environments the perspiration is not efficient, and your body continues to sweat to try to reduce heat. As a result, dehydration accelerates.
There are a few tips that can assist you in avoiding dehydration during your exercise and fitness training and daily life. The most important tip is to keep hydrated, and not to wait until you are thirsty.
Drink water often, and at regular intervals. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already short of close to 1.5 litres of body fluids. It can take over a full day to recover from that type of dehydration. If you continue to work, train or exercise without sufficient hydration, your body can suffer from heat stroke. Dehydration affects everyone however; it usually affects unfit, elderly adults and overweight individuals far more quickly.
About 0.5L of water 1-2 hours before your exercise should assist you to stay cool, increase your performance and reduce your risk of heat stroke and dehydration dramatically. Avoid coffee, teas and any drink with alcohol in it, as these will cause you to urinate more often, and increase your fluid loss. Remember that after your exercise, long walk or strenuous activity to drink lots of water. Do this as soon as possible to give your body the help that it needs to recover.
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There is an easy solution. Contact AquAid’s experienced and professional in-house agents. We offer a free on-site survey to assess your water dispenser requirements. This obligation-free service helps establish whether you are best served installing bottled or mainsfed water coolers.