Play Hard But Stay Hydrated

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Hi, I'm Dr. Wright. If you're planning on running a marathon or participating in an intense sporting event, here are some tips for staying hydrated. Eat and drink a balanced diet in the 24 hours prior to the event, including the meal prior to exercise. Drink 16 ounces of water within two hours prior to exercise to provide good hydration and give you time to urinate the excess.

Nothing kills a race, it's like having to stop to use the bathroom. During a race, begin drinking early and continue to prevent dehydration, it's easier to stay on top of your hydration than to try to catch up. Fluid should be cooler than the air outside but not ice cold or flavored. So they go down more easily, when exercising longer than an hour, your hydration should include carb and electrolyte replacement, such as a sports drink.

If you're exercising less than an hour, you don't need to replace carbs and electrolytes, water is fine. For more great fitness tips watch all our smart videos right here.