We are all guilty of not drinking enough water and yes we do regret the consequences of dehydration. Water is not only important for maintaining your blood volume and body temperature but it also have a huge roll in for muscles contractions to take place.
As you can imagine, while we are doing a workout, we overheat as our body temperature increase. Our body is well made so we sweat in attempt to keep optimal body temperature, in other words tries to cool us down. This reduce the risk of overheating and keep our muscles functioning. In addition to that it prevent decrease performance due to dehydration.
Water and essential electrolytes are leaving your body every time a drip of sweat rolls down your forehead. Electrolytes are chemicals that conduct electricity when mixed with water. They regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood acidity and pressure, and help rebuild damaged tissue.
Potassium and magnesium are some examples of electrolytes crucial for muscle function and contraction.
To avoid the compromising effects of dehydration when exercising, you need to ensure your fluid and electrolyte intake is enough to counter any depletion from sweating. Water alone may not be enough to replace fluid and electrolytes lost through heavy sweating.
The easiest way to maintain the ideal electrolyte balance in your body when exercising is to hydrate with an electrolyte solution before, during and after exercise. Also, proper hydration after workouts can help to prevent cramps.