This week, Briony Stewart from the Sport Aberdeen health and wellness team explains the importance of hydration on your big race preparation.
She explains why you need to think about how much water you’re taking on, how much to drink and the best gear:
We’re on week three already?! Now that you have some tips on how to train for running, the next important stage is to think about how you keep hydrated.
Water makes up 60% of our body and is of huge importance to every cell to ensure they function correctly, which ultimately impacts directly on your performance.
It’s recommended we consume around 1.5 litres of water a day, or 8-10 glasses, and it would be a good idea to increase this when you are planning on going for a run/training.
Try to space out your water consumption throughout the day and while you exercise.
While drinking water during running helps to prevent your mouth from becoming dry, it also promotes good cardiovascular health and keeps your body cool, all of which helps ensures you get the very best out of yourself and your training.
I recommend that you use some of the following pieces of equipment to stay hydrated during the day and while you train – hand-held water bottles, a multiple bottle belt or hydration packs/vests.