Dehydration is a very serious condition.
Unfortunately, many people suffer the effects of dehydration during their exercise program because the symptoms don’t make themselves known until it’s too late (if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated).
In fact, you may have even come across stories of kids suffering the effects of dehydration during practice sessions for school sports, sometimes resulting in fatalities.
So in an effort to make you aware of how to stay properly hydrated, especially during a workout session, there are a few simple guidelines you can follow.
I will share the symptoms of dehydration and treatment, followed by steps to prevent it.
Common Symptoms of Dehydration
Treatment of Dehydration
Drinking water will help to combat mild cases.
For more severe symptoms, however, the best thing to do is seek medical treatment.
Prevention is always the best course of action, and can be implemented by following a few easy steps.
Consider weighing yourself both before and after you exercise to gain an understanding of how much water you’ve used up during your workout, and how much you’ll need to replenish.
While moderate caffeine intake isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, alcohol should be avoided.
Otherwise, follow these guidelines:
Awareness is Your Friend
By having this understanding of the symptoms, treatment and prevention of dehydration, you could literally save yourself a big headache during your workout.
If you start to feel any of the above symptoms, slow down, cool off, rehydrate yourself and assess the situation to determine if additional help is needed.
* ACSM.org Selectively and Effectively Using Hydration for Fitness
* Fitness Institute International, Inc Course Outline for Injury Prevention and Emergency Procedures
* Preventing Heat Illness During Summer Football Practicehttp://www.momsteam.com/sports/football-tackle/safety/preventing-heat-illness-during-summer-football-practice