Recently, Propel taught us a few things about hydration that I wanted to share with you.
For example, you may already be showing up for your workout slightly dehydrated, which can obviously affect your performance. If you’ve had a few glasses of wine the night before, a lot of coffee that day or just a busy day and you didn’t have time to hydrate, well, you may be a little dehydrated.
A good guideline they gave us is to drink .07 to .10 ounces of fluid per pound of bodyweight. For a 130-pound woman (not me, LOL), that’d equate to about 9-13 ounces, 4 hours before your workout.
The best way to know how hydrated you are? The pee test! If it’s lemonade color, you’re good; dark, you’re not.
Of course, during a workout, you need to keep drinking—especially in the summer months! Propel is great for this because even if you’re the type of person who is bad at remembering to stay hydrated, it’s too tasty not to drink!
Although I’m good at remembering to drink while running or doing outside activities, when I started taking group fitness classes often, if I forgot a drink, I’d often just go without. I don’t need one! Yeah, you do, Theodora.
If you weigh yourself both before and after a workout, you can tell your sweat rate. I recently did this after a sweaty run, and found that my sweat rate (that day) was about 16 ounces. You’re supposed to replace every pound of sweat lost with 16-24 ounces, so I was right on target with my 24-ounce peach Propel. (Have you guys tried that new flavor? It’s amazing.)
Do you stay hydrated enough? Any hydration fun facts you want to share with the class?