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3 TIPS FOR STAYING HYDRATED FOR MRT

Even though MRT is held indoors, it is still important to hydrate well for class, especially in these hot summer months.  Walking to class in the sun on a hot-humid day or sitting outside even if you aren’t exercising, can also cause your body to need more fluids.  Did you know that lean muscle tissue contains more than 75 percent water?  So, when the body is short on H2O, muscles are more easily fatigued.  Staying well hydrated helps lower your body temperature and helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. Here’s a few tips to enhance performance during class.

1. EAT YOUR WATER

Eat foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables. Strawberries, watermelon, celery and cucumbers are some of the chart toppers for fruits and veggies with the highest water content.

2. START HYDRATING EARLY

Hydration isn’t just important during training.  Sipping water during class is fine and a good idea, but your body cannot replace fluids during exercise as quickly as you sweat them out so it’s better to enter your training session hydrated than to fall behind and play catch up.  Don't wait for thirst to kick in to keep up with your fluids.  It's best to start hydrating the day before strenuous exercise. An hour to an hour and a half before class, have large glass of water—ample time for it to absorb. 

3. KEEP DRINKING

No…we don’t mean beer! During class, replenish fluids at regular intervals. Shoot to sip seven to 10 ounces of fluid every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise to stay properly hydrated. Continue drinking water or other fluids after you're finished.