The Yoffie Life prescription for water intake is determined on an individual basis by dividing your body weight by two to get the number of ounces of water the body needs daily. An athlete’s need for water is greater due to a more rapid loss of water through sweat and breathing.
Proper hydration allows for optimal body function by allowing our tissues, cells, and organs to function properly. The body must function optimally for the enhanced movement that competitive athletes require of their bodies. As little as a 2 percent decrease in body water can lead to dehydration and therefore performance detriments in sports. Slightly higher levels of water loss can lead to physiological changes that potentially increase heart rate and body temperature, therefore greatly affecting performance.
To maintain proper hydration before, during, and after sports it is important to understand the necessary prescription for water.
- Drink the amount of water your body needs on a regular basis and go above and beyond that number while exercising.
- Hydrate frequently and consistently while exercising, without relying on the feeling of thirst. Exercise stunts the thirst mechanism, making your ability to determine your thirst delayed by hours.
- To test your hydration levels and find balance between under hydrating and over hydrating, a much more rare occurrence, weigh yourself before and after exercise. If you’re gaining weight, you know you’re drinking too many fluids, and if you’re losing weight, you know you need to drink more.