Hydration and Stretching Myths

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Whether you are about to enter a marathon race or just doing your daily exercise routine, you to rehydrate to replenish the loss fluids in our body.  Same thing goes with stretching as it lessens the occurrence of injury.  Then again, the problem is the myths surrounding these two, and it is causing some confusion on people.

hydration and stretching
hydration and stretching

Hydration Myths

  1. Drink only when you got thirsty.  This might not do you any good if you are an athlete since you are constantly losing water when you are exercising.  Those athletes that tend to follow this myth only manage replenishes 2/3 of the water they lose during an intense training.  You need to understand the importance of drinking water on schedule.  The rule is simple; you need to drink eight ounces of water before your workout and another eight ounces for every 15 minutes you are working out.  The amount of water you are drinking should complement your weight and the weather condition.
  2. People need to drink eight glasses of water daily.  Those who are into sports need more than eight glasses of water daily as they constantly lose water during their workout.  However, drinking eight glasses of water might be too much for those people who have a sedentary lifestyle.

Stretching Myths

  1. Stretching is done to warm up the body.  On the contrary, this is not true as warming up can only be done if you perform low-level of activity like cardio.
  2. Stretching must be done prior to your exercise program to prevent injury.  The truth is that it must be done after exercise as lessens the pain and muscle soreness after an exercise.

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