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Why you should drink water during training

How can you tell you're getting dehydrated?

While much of this may seem like common sense, what isn’t always so obvious are the signs you’re getting dehydrated. Keep an eye out for these symptoms:

Dry mouth

  • One of the clearest signals that your body needs more water is when your mouth starts to feel like the Gobi desert at high noon. Don’t ignore it. Have a refreshing swig of water as soon as possible.

Muscle fatigue

  • Are your muscles getting tired more quickly than they usually do? This could be a sign that you need more hydration during sports or exercise. After all, muscles are 75 per cent H2O – and when that’s in short supply they can’t work properly. Have a drink and a rest, then get back into it.

Feeling dizzy

  • If you feel lightheaded during exercise, stop immediately and have a drink of water. If it is down to dehydration, the dizziness should soon pass and you can get on with your workout. If it persists, consult a medical professional immediately.

And as a final tip...

Pinch yourself

  • You might not have heard of this one before, but your skin’s elasticity is a great indicator of how well hydrated you are. So, give yourself a little pinch and see how quickly the skin returns to normal. If it takes longer than usual, then you may well need to drink.

To help you get as much water as an active body needs, why not try one of our Buxton Natural Mineral Water sports cap bottles next time you train? They give you a fast and convenient way to deliver much-needed refreshment, even if you’re in the thick of things on the track, court or gym – or wherever it is that you get all hot and sweaty in the pursuit of sport.

Water contributes to the maintenance of normal physical and cognitive function and normal regulation of body temperature. You should consumer at least two litres of water, from all sources, per day as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

For more hydration tips from Buxton Water, click here