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Not The Watered-Down Approach

Moderate exercisers can usually avoid becoming dehydrated by simply drinking in accordance with their thirsts' dictates.

However, if you are overweight, over age 65, tend to sweat heavily, or exercise intensely, you may need to make an extra effort to stay properly hydrated, particularly when exercising in heat. According to a report by the American College of Sports Medicine, the simplest way to determine how much water you need is to weigh yourself before and after a typical workout. For each pound lost, plan to drink about two additional cups of water during or after your next session. If you gained weight during that workout, you drank too much, which can disturb the body's sodium balance.

The next time you are exercising, keep these tips in mind. At our practice we provide excellent physical therapy services. These include personalized exercise programs that are designed to help you achieve your goals -- whether that means excelling at your sport, recovering from an injury or surgery, or simply remaining active and independent as you get older. Call 949-429-3220 to see if you could benefit from physical therapy, or to ask about our special innovative treatments for active seniors.

P.S. Symptoms of dehydration include feeling sluggish, dizzy, faint, and weak.