Did you know that water is the largest component of the body (representing 45-70% of a person's body weight) and affects athletic performance more than any other nutrient? Water is essential for normal cellular function and thermal regulation. With a fluid loss of as little as 3% of your body weight, dehydration will begin to affect your performance by straining your cardiovascular system and impair your ability to dissipate heat. However, on average, we only replace about two-thirds of the water that we sweat out during exercise. Here are some simple guidelines to make sure that you stay adequately hydrated.
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CSPS is the founder and head trainer of Specialty Athletic Training and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Special Populations Specialist. He is a member of the board of directors for the Autism Society of America and the Central Oregon Disability Support Network.