Water, water everywhere, but alas, few of us drink enough of the stuff. This is even more applicable for people who work out. The key fact to remember is that by the time you're thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. The trick is to head that thirsty fiend off at the pass and stay topped off in the first place.

If you notice that you're lethargic, sore, experience muscle cramps or irritability after a particularly hard workout, the odds are you're dehydrated. Again, as we said earlier, it is recommended that you drink at least 80 ounces of water per day even if you don't exercise that day. Remember, now that you are increasing your activity level, you must drink more water to maintain proper hydration.

While we don't expect you to keep track of how many ounces of water you consume, an easy way to tell if you are hydrated is to note the color of your urine. If you're well hydrated it will be virtually colorless (unless, of course, you take vitamins). If it's a concentrated yellow and you don't take vitamins—drink up, mate!

You can do as we say, or learn the hard way. Take Deidre, the powerlifter who preached the virtues of stretching but who hardly stretched, until she was so compromised she had to in order to get out of bed in the morning. Before training for the New York City Marathon in 1999, she still wasn't convinced she needed to drink more than a few glasses of water a day—until she completed a nine-mile run that left her wiped out with fatigue and muscle soreness for two days. After several demonstrative vows of "liquid repentance," she heeded this traditional hydro warning and drank the appropriate amount of water for a week before her next long run. Much to her surprise, she felt much better during and after the run. As you no doubt know, there's nothing worse than the zeal of a recent convert!

The Least You Need to Know

>- Proper attention to posture—sitting, standing, and bending—is essential.

>- Understanding the importance of proper breathing further ensures the mind/body connection.

>- Remember that by the time you're thirsty, your body is already dehydrated; the trick is to stay topped off in the first place.

Chapter 14

Lessons You Can Learn From Fitness Classes

Lessons You Can Learn From Fitness Classes

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