Signs of dehydration

Signs of dehydration

Do you know the common signs of dehydration?

This morning I woke up with a few aches and pains from an excellent Pilates class.  Normally even a high intensity workout like my Wednesday night Butts and Guts class won’t cause me any muscle soreness, so why was I sore and stiff this morning?

I was dehydrated!

water

An action as simple as drinking water can protect us from muscle soreness after working out, gardening, or helping a friend move.  Water is the universal solvent and acts as a source of circulation and lubricant in the body.  Without adequate amounts of good old H2O, muscles will not receive the nutrients they need for repair and growth.

The amount of water each individual needs is based on their body weight and activity level.  The standard equation for the amount of water you need is:

your body weight / 2 = amount of water needed per day in OUNCES

So, if you are a 100 pound person, you need 50 ounces of water, per day.  And, remember that drinks such as coffee, alcohol, and some teas are dehydrating, so more water is needed to replace what is taken after drinking these beverages.