How can I stay hydrated when walking?

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Prior to any walk you should be consuming water. Try to consume a full glass prior to your walk and one following. If you feel more will be needed due to the length of your walk then drink when thirsty. Keeping your body hydrated is key to prevent muscles cramps and muscle soreness. Water is very tasty so be sure to drink plenty!

Ensure that you are properly hydrated before you start walking.  At the same time you want tomake sure that you have fed your body so that you have the energy it needs to sustain the walk.  I would suggest eating a very light something and drinking at least one bottle of water about an hour or two before your walk.  Lack of food and water could cause cramping as will eating or drinking directly before walking.

While walking be sure to carry some water with you or have designated water stops along the way if possible.

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