Understanding how to manage hydration when the body is exposed to exercise is essential in maintaining performance.  Daily water intake recommendations for adult males is 15.6 cups and 11.4 cups for adult females, with 20% of water intake coming from food consumption and 80% from fluid consumption.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of dehydration, such as thirst, muscle cramps, nausea, dizziness, or decreased performance, is the first indication that a proper hydration protocol should be established when exercising. 

The simplest method of assessing hydration is by looking at the color of your urine. The appearance can vary depending on the body’s level of hydration.  Dark yellow urine often indicates dehydration, while colorless urine reveals over-hydration. Staying within a light color will generally show you’re well hydrated.  On hot days it is important to take proper hydration protocol before, during, and after exercise by following these suggested recommendations.
 
Pre-exercise Hydration
Rehydration during exercise
Post-exercise Hydration
 
Following these suggested recommendations will ensure proper hydration and maintaining performance throughout your exercise.
 
Richard Martinez, M.A., A.T.C
Z-Team