It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
The best way to battle dehydration, of course, is to drink lots of water or sports drinks before, during and after any intense physical activity or prolonged exposure to hot temperatures. If ignored, dehydration can lead to other problems such as heat exhaustion, muscle cramps, fatigue or even heat stroke.
Whether a person is a tri-athlete, hitting the treadmill for 10 minutes during their lunch break or simply taking a brisk walk during the summer months, dehydration can hit anyone.
Water has a profound effect on the body by:
- regulating temperatures;
- keeping joints lubricated;
- shuttling around vital nutrients; and
- transporting waste.