Water, More Than Just a Thirst Quencher

Fight off dehydration and embrace its cool clear adversary. Learn why water is your best friend in the summer heat and during exercise.

Summer is here and that means it's time for fun in the Sun! The Sun, that big orange ball of gas that has been proven to make us sweat profusely at the beach, a neighbor's outdoor barbeque, or along a well-manicured Westchase running trail.

It is hot and we are sweating like a presidential candidate getting a background check. The question is, how will sweating affect your athletic performance?

First we must find out how much we are sweating. The average person sweats at a rate of 27.4 to 47.3 ounces per hour of exercise. To give you an idea of how much that is, your average water bottle is only 20 ounces. So why should you know this disgusting piece of information?

The answer is because the average active adult can only consume an average of 27.4 to 40.6 ounces of fluid in an hour. Simple math shows us that we will be dehydrated after an hour of exercise.

Here is the kicker. Dehydration causes:

  • Tiredness and slow reaction time
  • Migraines
  • Constipation
  • Muscle cramps
  • Irregular blood pressure
  • Kidney problems
  • Dry skin
  • 20% dehydrated – Risk of death

On the other hand, when you take a double shot of hydrogen with a splash of oxygen (H20) and stay hydrated benefits include:

  • Weight loss
  • Muscle growth and repair
  • Natural remedy for headaches (Best hangover cure)
  • More energy and a better workout
  • Healthier looking hair and skin
  • Good moods resulting in more friends
  • Relinquished feeling of fatigue

In the case of Parched vs Satiated, Satiated wins by a landslide! "Stay thirsty my friends."

By Jimmy Myers

Head Trainer and Owner of Art of Strength Tampa Bay



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Lauren Cresta July 06, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Great post! Very informative.
cale July 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Wish I would have read this a few days earlier! Would've saved me the headache...literally. Thanks for the insightful post, Jimmy!


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