You may have heard it said that if you're thirsty, then you're already dehydrated. However, would you recognize the other symptoms of dehydration if you had them, such as fatigue, nausea, and headache? Some individuals experience swollen hands and feet and in severe cases may become disoriented and confused. Reduced performance, weakness, dizziness....all signs of dehydration.
Dehydration can happen as a single occasion- perhaps you were out in the hot summer sun and you didn't drink enough water. It can also be a chronic condition that develops over time. If exercise seems harder and you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is time to evaluate your lifestyle and make sure that hydration is a part of your daily life. Drinking plenty of fluids should be done around the clock- you can't wait until a workout to start taking breaks for water!