The most important nutrient for life? WATER! Staying hydrated is essential for everyone and a healthy lifestyle contains drinking enough water. On a training day however, your body has a bigger need for proper drinking-water-behavior! Staying hydrated during your workout really isn’t a problem, because you will prefer to drink, but read here how your drinking “schedule” should look like in order to keep the required hydration level before and after your training!
Rule nr. 1: No matter if it’s a training day or a rest day, I always start my day with 0,5L water.
Training day directions:
Although it’s difficult to determine exactly how much water each individual should drink every day, you can use the following recommendations as a good starting point for female trainers! A slight dehydration can have a negative affect on your performance. Staying properly hydrated before, during and after your workout will improve your performance in the gym.
In the two hours before I start my workout, I try to drink 0,5L water. From the moment I start my first exercise in the gym, I try to drink 0,25L every 20 minutes. I highlight ‘try’, because a 1 hour training forces me to drink 0,75L of water and to be honest I sometimes don’t drink ‘on time’ because I forget.. what happens next is that at the end of my training, I catch up and that’s where it goes wrong! TIP: Do not only drink water when you’re thirsty, because then you’re actually already too late and you’re body is telling you that your hydration is below level. After I completed my workout session and I arrive at home, I make sure that I drink again 0,5L of water in the first 20 minutes.
Try to bring this way of structure in your training days to keep your hydration level in balance and improve your performance. Happy body = happy you!