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Hydration Is Key!

18 Jul Posted by in Helpful Tips | Comments
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(Image courtesy of Bicycling)

Let’s face it: the gym is like an infrared sauna right now.  It’s HOT in there!!

Did you know that your athletic performance can be negatively affected by dehydration and elevated heat? There’s a lot of research out there that accounts for the effect of heat and dehydration on your cardiovascular and thermoregulatory systems.  This can help explain why you feel your workouts are so much harder when it’s hot outside AND inside, and why you may be seeing a decrease in your athletic performance lately.

Here are some important tips to help you all survive your sweaty summer workouts:

  • Drink cool, plain water during and following exercise
  • If you are able, try to exercise during the cooler times of day whenever possible (first thing in the morning or later in the evening).  And if you’re exercising outside, do your best to avoid the peak times when there is more heat directly from the sun (usually 11:00 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m.)
  • Consider having a sports drink if you’re exercising for more than an hour, or if you happen to be working out in extreme heat.
  • If you’re exercising for a longer period of time and are wanting to really stay in tune with your body, weigh yourself before and after your workout and drink 2 cups of water for every pound of fluid you’ve lost.

According to MedicineNet.com,

“the rule of thumb is to drink 8 ounces of a sport drink or water possibly every 20 minutes,” says Maharam, who advises the ING New York Marathon. No more, no less. “If you are exercising less than 40 minutes, water is fine, but for anything over 40 minutes, you want a sports drink that has sugar or salt in it because this helps you increase the fluid that goes into the body. Most sports drinks contain the equivalent of an “active pump” that gets more water into the body faster than the unassisted process — simple diffusion of water — would have.  When choosing a sports drink, look for salt and sugar on the label and choose a flavor that you like. “

So, there you have it.  The experts (and all your Coaches!) agree that you should pay special attention to staying hydrated while you get your WOD on this summer.

Bottoms up! ;)

Today’s Workout

Buy in – Coach led dynamic shoulder warmup, then Muscle Up practice or strength (weighted)

* work through Muscle Up progressions
* Kipping Muscle Ups
* Strict Muscle Ups
* weighted strict Muscle Ups

WOD – Strict HSPU ladder

EMOTM do 1 Handstand Pushup

* each round, add one more rep
* You are allowed to break up the reps, but you must complete the reps in the minute

Cash Out – 5 way shoulder stretch

 

Workout of the Day

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