As the hot weather months approach, we encourage you to move hydration to the top of your athletic priority list. Although hydration is an important factor to your overall health year-round, slight dehydration of even 2% of your body weight can have negative effects, and your chances of this happening in the upcoming summer months are much higher. Staying properly hydrating is the best way to improve your training and race day performance.
When can athletes run into dehydration troubles?
- More than 1 training session per day
- Competitions held in hot and/or humid environments (if the athlete is coming from a colder climate, the impact is even larger!)
- Competitions of long duration such as marathons and triathlons