26 April 2014


An unavoidable part of exercising is sweating especially in summers.

Do i hear 'ewwwwww'? But this is the truth.

Sweat helps our body to stay cool while exercising and heat to escape. I have read this somewhere "Sweat is fat crying!!" Hah! Does it mean more sweat equals more fat burning? No.

It naturally follows that the water lost while exercising has to be replaced else dehydration can occur.  So make sure you are well hydrated before you start exercising, keep sipping water during the workout and drink water once you are done as well. Try to avoid the parched thirsty feeling. Weather you go for a walk or jog or are in a gym, carry your water bottle.

If you exercise for over 40 minutes, then you should consider commercially available 'sports drinks'. They contain specific ingredients that the body needs and can be immensely beneficial. There are different types of sports drinks so read the labels carefully and choose wisely.

This is an excellent WebMD article about hydration. Do read it. Here is another comprehensive article from Bupa.

Just like dehydration, excessive water consumption can be harmful too as it can cause a condition called hyponatremia which means low salt levels in the blood. This is a possibility in endurance athletes and must stay alert to its  symptoms (feeling disorientated, confused headache etc).

Stay fit, stay happy!

Disclaimer: All suggestions are general in nature. Readers are advised to exercise caution before implementing them and seek expert advise about what is suitable for their specific needs.


Corinne said...

Yes, water. I've struggled with this one, but getting better, getting better.

Archana said...

Thanks for stopping by Corinne!

Rajlakshmi said...

thankfully I drink lots of water. My mom was very adamant about it. But during winters I often forget to drink water.

Archana said...

Thanks Rajlakshmi. Winters have do have a tendency of reducing thirst...