You are currently viewing TeamSafe Gear on #Hydration Requirements for Indoor Sports

TeamSafe Gear on #Hydration Requirements for Indoor Sports

When exercising, the body’s heat production is 15-20 times greater than at rest. This can be elevated even further by conditions faced when training or working out indoors where there is little air movement, causing need to have the proper hydration systems in place.

This causes heat to build up around the body making you far more susceptible to DEHYDRATION.

Understanding DEHYDRATION
Our body’s core temperature is ≈ 98.6°F (37°C) and it is the thermoregulatory system’s job to maintain this HOMEOSTASIS. As the body’s core temperature rises due to EXERCISE, the majority of the heat being dissipated is by the evaporation of sweat. Blood flow has to split itself between our organs, working muscles and now our skin for sweating. As the intensity of exercise increases, sweat rates will increase which actually reduces our blood volume and stroke volume. The heart then has to work much harder to deliver oxygen to working muscles and therefore lowers intensity of exercise we can maintain.

Not only do we lose fluid through sweating but also ELECTROLYTES. The primary electrolytes present in sweat during exercise are sodium and chloride with smaller amounts of magnesium, potassium and calcium also present. It is when this electrolyte equilibrium is not maintained during exercise, often through erroneous feeding strategies, that performance is further compromised.

Basically: DEHYDRATION negatively affects PERFORMANCE. Even as little as 2% loss of body weight due to dehydration has been shown to impair performance.

Practical Advice
Before exercise– It is always a good idea to try to start every session fully HYDRATED. It can take around 8-12 hours of normal food and drink consumption to fully hydrate again post exercise so take this into account if training twice in a day. If you do not have this long in between sessions then fluid intake may need to be elevated above normal levels in order to rehydrate. The best method is to slowly sip an electrolyte beverage. A top tip is to keep checking your URINE COLOR as a measure of hydration status as everyone is different; aim for a light straw color.

During exercise– Due to huge variation in individual PERSPIRATION RATES and indoor training conditions it is impossible to give an exact amount of fluid that should be consumed during a session. The best idea is to develop your own individual HYDRATION STRATEGY specific to your own perspiration rates.

One simple method is to weigh yourself before and after a training session. To keep it simple, a one hour session can give you a good idea of your sweat rate during an indoor training session.

Follow these simple instructions:

  • WEIGH yourself naked immediately BEFORE exercise.
  • TRAIN for one hour and MONITOR your FLUID INTAKE.
  • WEIGH yourself again naked immediately AFTER exercise.
  • After exercise the calculated change in body weight will give you an indication of fluid loss.

Thirst can also be a good way to dictate when to drink. As a rule of thumb it is always good  to stay just ahead of that feeling of thirst. Consuming electrolyte drinks, such as POWERADE will aid the absorption of fluid and also promote the feeling of thirst and further drinking. This is more beneficial than consuming just plain water.

Remember, any weight lost directly after exercise is sadly not miracle weight loss but water loss. General rule of thumb is to replenish this with 1.5 times the amount lost as soon as possible. Sipping little and often works better to help our bodies retain the water and helps to prevent  frequent trips to the bathroom.

So before your next indoor workout session, make sure you consider your hydration before, during and after to get the best results!