Sometimes the simplest changes in your daily habits can lead to significant improvements. One of those small, simple changes has to do with how much water you drink. How well are you staying hydrated during the day?
Signs You’re NOT Drinking Enough Water
When you’re not well-hydrated, your body will usually let you know. Here are some signs that you need to drink more water:
- You’re thirsty.
- Your mouth is always dry.
- You get frequent headaches.
- Your urine dark yellow.
- Your skin is always dry.
Staying hydrated is essential to your Jiu-Jitsu training as well as to your daily life. When you drink plenty of water, you’ll notice a few positive changes on and off the mats.
1. Injury Prevention
Drinking plenty of water won’t necessarily prevent all injuries, but it can play a big role in reducing your risk. Staying hydrated aids in proper recovery after training. At the same time, keeping your muscles and connective tissue well-hydrated tends to lessen soreness and muscle fatigue.
2. Temperature Regulation
When your training intensity goes up, your body temperature also increases. To maintain a normal body temperature, your body deals with the added heat by increasing how much you sweat. The more you sweat, the more water your body loses. If you’re not well-hydrated, your body won’t be able to cool itself off, and your performance will be negatively affected.
3. Mental Fatigue
It may seem like dehydration only affects you physically, but it also impacts your brain and mental health. Proper hydration elevates your mood, keeps you alert, and improves cognitive function.
Tips to Stay Hydrated
- Keep a water bottle with you and sip throughout the day.
- Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water before, during, and after training.
- When it comes to what to drink, you can’t go wrong with water. Sports drinks can be good for the added electrolytes, but they can also be full of unnecessary sugar.
- Closely track your fluid intake in hot, humid environments. You may need to drink more, especially when training indoors at high intensities.
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