Are you dehydrated?
Quite simply, dehydration occurs when your body, which is made of 75% water, is losing more water than it's taking in. Your body loses water on a daily basis through urine, water vapor that you breath out with each breath, and through sweat. You don't have to exercise in order to sweat, either - some of us sweat while sleeping!
So how do you know if you're becoming dehydrated? Here's a few signs:
- Dry mouth. Here's the deal: if you every feel thirsty, then you're body is telling you that it doesn't have enough water
- Dark colored urine. If you are adequately hydrated, your urine should be virtually clear.
- inability to sweat
- decreased urine output
- muscle cramps
Also try taking this dehydration test from Kelly Starrett of MobilityWOD:
So what do you do if you're dehydrated? DUN DUN DUN! Drink more fluids! (Beer doesn't count, you guys) Grab your gallon of water, and get on this months Gallon a Day water challenge. Especially considering our workout environment and amount of sweat we lose during a regular CrossFit WOD, you should also be adding electrolytes into your water on a regular basis. Nuun tablets are a great source with a pretty low ingredient list and can be found at Whole Foods right down the street from the box. Even Emergen-C has electrolytes. One to two tablets/packets each day will help replace the salts lost through sweat.
Bench Press 5-5-3-3-1-1-1
11 min AMRAP:
5 man makers (55/35#)
1 strict pull up (pull ups increase by 1 each round)
*score = total number of pull ups completed