Drinking water while practicing any sport is very important. Having an bottle of water at arm’s length is a must. This goes double if you are practicing the sport with the purpose of losing weight also. Too bad there are still some coaches and sports trainers that preach abstinence from water while working out.
Drinking water all day long is good for your health, and it is more so when you are physically active and sweat a lot. When you sweat the toxins from your body get eliminated because of all the physical activity. That way your body gets detoxified. Also by ensuring your body has the necessary water to cool down you won’t get tired that fast while having fun playing your favorite sport.
Most sports are aerobic physical activities. During any aerobic workout you should consume 8 cups or 1 liter of water, but this quantity can vary depending on the needs of the individual’s needs.
But during a cardio workout the quantity of water needed can double because you sweat a lot during a cardio workout. All that water being lost can cause serious damage to your body on the long run if you continue to workout and don’t replenish it fast.
During any workout you must keep an optimum level of hydration. The easiest way to do this is by drinking good old plain water. But don’t forget that through your sweat you also lose mineral salts, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, that must be replenished also. You can compensate for the loss by having a good healthy diet or by taking food supplements.
You should drink as much water as you need whenever you play any sport. Always make sure you don’t get dehydrated and harm you body by pushing it over its normal functioning conditions. After all you are made 70% water.
For more information on why you should drink water while you workout read Why you must drink water when you workout.
Also water is very important in dieting. Read Liquids and dieting: the importance of water in a diet to find out more.