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Hydration Tips for AZ Tennis Players

February 11, 2010 10:28 PM

Important Hydration Tips for Arizona Tennis Players

According to the American College of Sports Medicine:

“Sweat evaporation provides the primary avenue of heat loss during vigorous exercise in warm hot weather; therefore sweat losses can be substantial. Besides containing water, sweat contains electrolytes that are lost. If not appropriately replaced, water and electrolyte imbalances can develop and adversely impact an individual’s exercise performance and perhaps health.”
Studies have found that a loss of 2% or more of one's body weight due to sweating is linked to a drop in blood volume. When this occurs, the heart works harder to move blood through the bloodstream. This can also cause muscle cramps, dizziness and fatigue and even heat illness, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Causes of dehydration include:

Inadequate fluid intake, excessive sweating, failure to replace fluid losses during and after exercise, exercising in dry, hot weather, and drinking only when thirsty.

bottled water

What you can do:

Drink plenty of fluids prior to activity, and replenish fluids during and after exercise.

Though everyone knows to drink plenty of water, many people prefer the use of sports drinks. Just beware of potentially unhealthy and unnecessary ingredients. Read and compare labels of some of the leading sports drinks and look for ones with natural sweeteners such as organic fructose, not high-fructose corn syrup or aspartame. A quick scan of nutrition labels reveals that a majority of the most popular sports drinks are simply sugar water with little to no nutritive value - not exactly what you want in your system before your match.

drinking water

For a high quality sports drink worth it’s “salt”, look for one that contains sodium electrolytes, amino acids and carbohydrates. Better yet, find a sports drink that also includes vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and you’ll be way ahead of the game and far ahead of your opponents!

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Article provided courtesy of MCS Advisors-

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