No really, what color is your pee? Yes, it’s gross, but it’s also incredibly important!
Whether you are training for a marathon, hiking through the woods, rocking a Zumba class, biking local trails or just taking a walk around the neighborhood, as the temperatures continue to soar you need to think hydration.
Unfortunately, most people (including many seasoned athletes) underestimate how much their body loses during activity through sweat and how much to drink to replenish the body. Did you spend two hours out in the hot sun gardening or chasing your kids around? You better hydrate!
With that in mind NATHAN, the leader in purposefully-designed hydration, visibility and essential performance gear, wants everyone to answer the question, “what color is your pee?” Ranging from Dark brown = “You’re running on empty!” to Clear = “Ready to run!” this simple test requires no special equipment or fancy training, all you have to do is look!
Are you ready to go or do you need to top off the tanks, so to speak? Ask any doctor or healthcare professional and they’ll tell you that a proper hydration plan includes a pre, during and post activity hydration plan. Here’s a good guideline to use when preparing for an outdoor workout, whether it's walking, running, biking or tennis:
· Before: Drink about 16-20 ounces of fluid one to two hours before the activity.
· During: Drink 4-6 ounces every 15-20 minutes to keep your muscles well-hydrated. If you are planning an hour-long walk or gym workout, fill a water bottle with about 16 ounces (2 cups) and take it with you.
· After: Drink up after you're finished with your exercise. At least drink 20 ounces of fluid or until your pee runs clear.
NATHAN makes it easy for anyone to hydrate no matter what their activity level including Bottles & Flasks, Handhelds, Waist Packs, Hydration Belts and Race Vests. But no matter what you drink out of, just make sure they you are treating your body right and staying safe. Bottom line is, if you sweat you need to hydrate!
Until next time...