ARE YOU AT YOUR BEST?
Studies show that up to 87% of endurance athletes are physically impaired during their workouts and competitions due to dehydration, despite ample access to fluids. Dehydration causes the following physiological phenomena:
- DECREASED BLOOD PRESSURE
- INCREASED HEART RATE
- INCREASED RESPIRATORY RATE
- DECREASED BLOOD FLOW TO EXTREMITIES
These physiological changes can lead to cardio-respiratory stress, impaired thermoregulation, and fatigue – all of which have a significant impact on athletic performance.
Because the symptoms of mild dehydration are subtle – often imperceptible – athletes suffer the consequences without always knowing it.
"For lack of a better method, athletes are forced to drink to thirst – a notoriously poor marker of hydration status."
FINISH STRONG OR STRUGGLE?
Proper hydration is central to feeling energized and motivated. Fatigue and physiological strain manifest at dehydration levels as low as 2%, making a workout feel sluggish and heavy-legged. This not only leads to an athlete feeling flat and listless, but also compromises the quality of the workout and training potential.
Studies show a significant drop in performance at mild dehydration levels as low as 2-3%. This impairment manifests itself in multiple ways.