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Make Sure to Hydrate After Exercise

Fitness researchers report that any person who exercises on a regular basis is susceptible to fluid loss. 

As the body temperature rises, oxygen becomes more of a commodity due to increased circulatory demands. Oxygen is needed to help with the cooling process, and reduces the amount of oxygen available for vital organs, which can lead to severe health risks as well as reduced athletic performance. 

They say that most moderate exercisers will lose about one quart (4 cups) of fluid per hour of exercise, so try to drink about 16-20 ounces of water shortly after your workout to aid the recovery process.  

If you sweat a lot or the weather is hot and/or humid, consider weighing yourself before and after exercise, and drinking an ounce of water for every ounce of weight you’ve lost.  In other words if you weigh one pound less after your workout, you should drink 16 ounces of water immediately afterwards. 

Because heavy sweating also causes loss of minerals and electrolytes, you can also consider using a sports drink with electrolytes if you need to replace more than 2-3 cups of fluid. 

Finally, they also note that fluids containing caffeine and related substances (coffee, tea, alcohol) should be avoided because they increase urinary water loss. 

Making sure your body remains properly hydrated during exercise will protect your health and improve your results, so you may want to follow the above recommendations. 

Have a healthy day, 

Larry Berman

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