Sunday, May 17, 2015

Journey to Walking 26.2—Hydration

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It is extremely important to hydrate properly when walking long distances.  For more detail, check out the video below.

First of all, stay hydrated all the time with adequate daily water intake.  If you do this, you don't need to bring water with you for short walks (provided it isn't terribly hot outside). For longer walks, however, you'll need to bring water with you.

I like to wear a hydration belt that holds several bottles of water.  Here are a few you can check out.

Nathan Triangle Waist Pack, Black

ASICS Long Haul 4 Bottle Belt, Performance Black, All

FuelBelt Trail Runner 4 Bottle Belt, Black

Sports drink is really only needed beyond four miles and, at that point, you really need to begin your electrolyte replacement.  Drinking tons of water without replacing electrolytes can be very dangerous, so either drink a sports drink or use another form of electrolyte replacement like Jelly Belly Sport Beans.  Consume a pack of beans followed by water, so your body can absorb it.

Jelly Belly Sport Beans, Fruit Punch Energizing Jelly Beans, 1-Ounce Bags (Pack of 24)

Here are some additional resources about hydration:

How to Master Marathon Hydration

Walking and Hydration

Electrolytes and When to Replace Them

Hyponatremia—Mayo Clinic

Happy walking!

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for linking to What to do Weekends Party!! Best wishes for a wonderful weekend. Linda @Crafts a l a mode