Mistake #2: You’re Dehydrated
Dehydration can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on how much of your body weight is lost through fluids. Two early signs of dehydration are thirst and dark-colored urine. This is the body’s way of trying to increase water intake and decrease water loss.
Other symptoms may include:
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Dry mouth, lips and eyes
- Passing small amounts of urine infrequently (less than three or four times a day)
Dehydration can also lead to a loss of strength and stamina. It’s a main cause of heat exhaustion.
You should be able to reverse dehydration at this stage by drinking more fluids.
If dehydration is ongoing (chronic), it can affect your kidney function and increase the risk of kidney stones. It can also lead to muscle damage and constipation.
To ensure optimal muscle and cardiovascular function during exercise, drink 10-20 ounces of water an hour or two before your workout. Down eight to 10 ounces of water about 15 minutes before you start and another eight ounces every 15 minutes during your workout.