Weather is being hot and in this weather body and muscles demand more fluid & water.
Appropriate fluid intake is crucial for long lasting sports. Especially Runners, football and cricket etc.
Drinking water before, during and after workouts regulates your body heat, supplies nutrients and oxygen to your body and removes waste products.
But are you aware that proper hydration is also an important approach of preventing major injuries ?
Dehydration allows muscles to get fatigue faster and performance goes down significantly due to inadequate supply of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles & body.
In hot weather, fluid expenditure to control the body temperature become high and supply to muscles comparatively comes down. That allow muscles to fatigue faster. Fatigue muscles is highly prone to get injured as these muscles are not able to work at their level best due to no energy. Muscles have protective reaction to minor stress or injuries in musculoskeletal system normally but decrease in energy levels compromise this protective mechanism resulting in high risk of injury.
For recovery after sports activity, muscles and soft tissue need sufficient water intake. Insufficient water can affect the post physical exertion recovery. Muscles remain in soreness which results in myofacial tightness.This myofacial tightness affects generalised joint mobility and can be the reason for muscles cramps/catch in the back and hip region.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dryness of the lips, mouth or tongue
- Reduced energy
- Urine changes: Infrequent urination, a small volume of urine, or dark urine
- A sudden decline in mood, strength, coordination, or the ability to make decisions
Many people don't realize that hydration affects the musculoskeletal system, as well.
Keep Calm and Drink Water.