A dehydrated swimmer

Dehydration

Dehydration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s a new-to-me vocabulary: osmolality, which means measures of dehydration that trainers and coaches regularly check among their athletes along with gravity.

Ever heard of a dehydrated swimmer? A blind optometrist just whisked through. Samuel Taylor Coleridge too. “Water, water everywhere… and not a drop to drink.”

Swimming is a sport reported to be more likely to put athletes in danger of dehydration. Yes, the awareness exists: swimmers are in the midst of water or where else could they be. But I had that somewhat ironic how. Then the sense: swimmers can’t grab a sip while performing thus they are more at risk for dehydration than other athletes. Indeed!

Christine Gerbstadt, a registered dietician and anesthesiologist explains that “if an athlete’s event is an hour long or less, they shouldn’t drink water during the competition. If it’s more than an hour, the amount of water they should drink depends on the temperature, humidity and how much they actually perspire.” She also warns that ‘athletes should not go overboard on fluids.’ “It’s actually better to be under-hydrating than taking in too much fluid.”

A note from experts for non-athletes: you may not experience the same athletic demands for Olympians but here’s a tip for those who exercise. Weigh yourself before and after your workout. “The decrease in weight will represent the amount of lost fluid.” A pound lost needs to be replaced with 24 ounces of fluid if you want to perform well.

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14 thoughts on “A dehydrated swimmer

  1. Coincidence? I cannot stop but to comment here as soon as I’ve seen the photo in your post and said to myself that I think I’ve seen it already. You can check it out the link though. lol

  2. I’m no swimmer nor an athlete, but I’ve always found myself dehydrated 😦 I’ve recently aimed to turn things around though so I make sure to always take in 8 glasses of water, or even more.. 🙂

  3. It’s true with the swimming, I used to train competitively and even though we’re in the water, we still get thirsty, I believe more so than being on land.

    “Water, water everywhere… and not a drop to drink.” I had this thought when our house got flooded. There was water everywhere but thoure dogs can’t drink them because its dirty, or they try to but I stop them. Hehehe.

  4. This is interesting. I’ve been suffering from headache lately and my aunt said I might be dehydrated. Now I’m making sure to drink lots of water in a day. Thank you for this info! 🙂

  5. “Weigh yourself before and after your workout. “The decrease in weight will represent the amount of lost fluid.” A pound lost needs to be replaced with 24 ounces of fluid if you want to perform well.” – i did not know this, i’ll keep this in mind from now on 🙂

  6. i also didn’t know this. most of us forget that swimming is just like an ordinary sport that the athlete also “perspire” and needs to be hydrated. thanks for this info. it was also read by my FB friend was also thankful. 🙂

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