In order to perform your best on and off the field, your body needs to stay hydrated. Here are some tips from UPMC Sports Medicine to keep you hydrated before, during, and after your next game.
Hydration Tips for Athletes
Hydration Tip #1
Daily Hydration Plan
Hydration is an all-day game plan. Female adults should consume 91 ounces of liquid per day while adult males should consume 125 ounces; 20% of those ounces should come from food.Did you know for daily #hydration 20% of water you consume each day should come from food? Click To Tweet
Hydration Tip #2
Monitor Fluid Losses
Weigh yourself before and after activity. A 1-3% loss in body weight indicates dehydration. For every pound lost, replace with 20-24 ounces of water or sports beverage. The goal is to replace losses within two hours after activity.
Hydration Tip #3
Signs of Dehydration During Exercise
Signs of dehydration are muscle fatigue, coordination decline, muscle cramps, decrease in energy, and a reduction in athletic performance.
Hydration Tip #4
Hydrate With Your Foods
Hydration comes not only from beverages, but also from foods. Fruits like grapefruit, watermelon, strawberries, and cantaloupe are excellent for a pre-competition snack or added during activity for maintaining fluid balance.
Hydration Tip #5
Choose Your Sports Drink Wisely
Sports drinks should be used for prolonged exercise at or above 60 minutes in duration. Choose a sports drink that contains carbohydrates, sodium, and potassium.
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Hydration Tip #6
Establish Fluid Breaks
If possible, consume three 8 ounce servings of fluids every 15-20 minutes during activity. Depending on the activity, this can be either water or a sports drink.
Hydration Tip #7
You Don’t Have to Give Up That Morning Cup of Coffee
Coffee is a mild diuretic but it doesn’t dehydrate you. You can even count coffee towards your hydration.
UPMC Sports Medicine has sports nutrition experts that help athletes of all ages understand that proper fueling and hydrating are vital pieces of the performance puzzle, and tailor nutrition programs for pro and amateur athletes.
Our experts also offer sport-specific and female-athlete nutrition programs.
To make an appointment or learn more about our nutrition services, visit UPMCSportsMedicine.com.