We all do it, and some more than others, especially if you work as hard as we do at OCCF. Im talking about sweating, your body’s natural thermal regulator. Some people glow while others flat out FLOW! In fact, its not uncommon for some athletes to lose an excess of 10 lbs in water weight between “3,2,1… GO” and “TIME!” Thats why its imperative for you to properly hydrate before, during and after the WOD. During a workout , a 2-6% (of body weight) fluid loss is common. And even a 1% loss raises your core body temperature and impairs performance. At 3% you experience a loss of coordination, blurred vision and an inability to think clearly. At 7% a decreased ability to regulate heat and at 10% loss, heat stroke and finally unconciousness. When you sweat, you also lose electrolytes which are salts (ions) responsible for the body’s normal electrical function. These consist of Potassium (responsible for blood pressure and heart function), Sodium, Chloride (blood pressure, blood volume and muscle function) and Magnesium (heart rhythm and protein synthesis). These can all be replenished by consuming carbohydrates and electrolyte dense substances. We, being Paleo proponents, recommend replenishing these carbs through food (ie: fruit) and lots of water over sugary sports drinks. Cold water is best, the body will better utilize water the faster it empties the stomach. Larger or colder volumes of fluid empty the stomach quicker and are more readily absorbed by the small intestine. We strongly recommend that you bring a water bottle or canister with you to class for convenience. Although we do provide water and cups, nothing is worse that waiting in line for a 4 oz cup of water trying to recover and breathe with cottonmouth!
So DRINK UP! Your health and Fran time depends on it!
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