Hydration – It’s Not Just For Exercise! (continued)
Our last blog discussed the signs of dehydration and the negative impacts that this condition can have on your body. Now, let’s discuss what you can do about it.
So what is the best way to treat dehydration? Rather than treating the problem after it arises, staying properly hydrated throughout the day is the best way to combat dehydration. Every person is different based on body type, sweat production, climate, etc. so the standard principle of 8, 8-oz glasses of water per day does not necessarily hold true. In order to calculate the minimal amount of water you should drink per day divide your body weight in half. Whatever number you come up with is the number of ounces you should drink per day. If you are more active throughout your day, then you should increase the number of ounces to approximately 2/3 rather than 1/2 of your body weight. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), active people should drink 16-20 oz. (approx. 2-3 cups) of water 1-2 hours prior to outdoor activity and 6-12 oz. every 10-15 minutes while outside. To replace the fluid that has been lost, it is recommended to drink another 16-24 oz. after activity. For a more specific calculation of the amount of water to replenish, weigh yourself before and after exercise and drink a pint (16 oz.) of water for every pound that has been lost.