About 60% of the body is water.
Water is essential for survival
Water is used during digestion and metabolism, assisting with chemical reactions, carrying oxygen through the blood, regulating body temperature, lubricating joints, removing waste and assisting with respiration.
Dehydration creates stress on your body including increased internal temperature, heart rate, sweat rate, early fatigue and loss of balance and mental focus.
The body loses water during both daily life and exercise.
Did you know?
Older adults lose their ability to recognize when to drink more water. Age affects our ability to recognize when we are thirsty.
We often confuse hunger and thirst? And even though we often hear about the importance of hydration and drinking water, many people still remain dehydrated.
Don’t go there
To help prevent dehydration, you should practice drinking fluids before, during and after your exercise session.
Be sure to drink water throughout your day not just around physical activity.
Water, fruit juice, smoothies, herbal teas and other beverages – as long as they do not dehydrate the body – all count towards your fluid intake.
Thirst is the first sign of dehydration
So drink water even before you feel thirsty. Consuming regular amounts of water throughout the day satisfies the body’s need for this important nutrient.
If your urine is dark yellow, you need more water. Ideally, urine should be pale yellow or clear.
Darlene Caridi, Certified Personal Training Specialist for women 50+
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