When preparing your body for sports or exercise never underestimate the power of water. Water is hands down the most important ingredient if you want to have a healthy body. Water helps your body transport nutrients and get rid of waste. Water provides critical lubrication in your joints and tissues. Water helps you digest your food and regulate your temperature. So when you play a sport or exercise, water is critical to your safety, health, and comfort.
The hard part is that determining the right amount of water consumption is unique for each individual. There is no formula that will tell you how much water you should drink before, during, and after an activity. The amount you should drink when playing a sport or exercising depends on how long you are going to be active, how much you sweat, and other individual differences in your body. But no matter who you are, there are a couple of ways to make sure you are getting enough water when you are being active:
1. Pay attention to your urine. If your urine is a light color that means that you are probably drinking enough water. Dark urine is a good indicator that you should be drinking more water.
2. Step on a scale before and after being active. If after you exercise, the scale says you have lost weight, that weight was most likely water. Did you gain weight after exercising? This may mean you are drinking too much.
No matter what, when you are planning on exercising or playing sports, make sure to drink plenty of water before you become active, make sure to stay hydrated during activity, and remember to replenish your body's water supply when you are done. And always pay attention to what your body is telling you.