As much as there are some people who don’t buy the concept of hydrating while running, the truth is hydration is very necessary while running. Dehydration has many negative effects and should be avoided at all costs.
Water is a coolant to our bodies and is what binds the heat and drives it away. When there is dehydration, the body will overheat and that may get the muscles worked up. The human cooling system is mainly through blood circulation and sweating. The extra heat from muscles is normally moved the blood after which the blood carries it to the surface of the skin from where it evaporate. That is why excess heat is lost mainly through sweating. Sweating reduces the body’s coolant and if hydration is not done the body temperature will rise which will affect the muscles making them to reduce in performance and have muscle cramps. There are many more effects of dehydration such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue and dry lips. When our bodies are dehydrated, we normally have a darker looking urine since the kidneys will preserve more water and hence less water in our urine.
As much as it may be inconvenient, it is important to find a way of hydration while going for a run. As a rule of thumb, if running less than an hour, that should not be much of a concern but if more than an hour you should have a hydration technique. As much as you should drink water when you are thirsty, it is advisable to at least hydrate every 20 minutes
Most athletes would go for sports drinks. The truth is the sports drinks are not as bad as most health enthusiasts would think. Not only do the boost our energy levels but they also help in increasing water absorption in the body.
The right amount of water for you depends on your body. When the body is dehydrated, it will signal you to hydrate by making you feel thirsty. The most common ways that has been used to test hydration levels is by checking weight. If it drops after your run it means that you are not hydrated enough. Your weight should be the same before and after the run.
With change in technology, hydrating no longer has to be inconveniencing as you can even find a water belt for running. It will make sure that your water bottle is in check and you don’t have to carry your bottle in your hand. Most of the belts will come with a belt for providing attachment to your bottle. Running belts have grown in popularity in the recent past due to the convenience the offer and if you are a frequent runner you should consider getting yourself one. When looking for one check for the comfort, storage, quality and cost. Most belts come with storage pockets and you should choose one that will give you convenience of carrying all you need in a seamless way.