For part of their “Add Flavor” challenge, Propel has wanted us to monitor our hydration levels throughout various workouts, and hydrate accordingly.
Good thing it’s summer…
Because I’m sweating a lot.
The easiest way to monitor your hydration level is through your pee. So yes, Propel has wanted me to monitor my pee. I usually take a B complex in the morning, so I’ve been skipping that for the purpose of this challenge. It turns your pee electric yellow, which is kind of fun, but means you can only really tell how hydrated you are when it’s completely out of your system.
They had us calculate our sweat rate:
(Weight lost during exercise + Fluid Intake in Liters) / hours = L/h (Liters per hour.)
I tried it on a sweaty morning and found that I’d lost 1 pound during exercise, including the 4-8 ounces I sipped at water fountains. So, basically my sweat rate was about 1.2 L/h.
Okay, but how do I use that to figure out what to drink after? You’re supposed to multiply body weight lost in pounds * 16 – 24 ounces.
I decided to let my body tell me how much it wanted and grabbed a 20 ounce lemon-lime Propel. Turns out I’m right in between, because I drank it all – and then couldn’t think one more second about hydration.
I didn’t get to weigh myself after a 2-hour ride in the Hamptons, but I’d say I drank about a Propel and a half when I got home.(Thank god for a big fridge to hold my Propel.) A sweatier person might have needed more, but I’m a low-sweat person for better or worse.
What about you? Do you sweat a lot? Do you know your sweat rate?