The Top Tips to Prevent an Electrolyte Imbalance?
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The Importance Of Balancing Electrolytes, Hydration, & Diet While Training
Fitness is not just about your workouts. It takes many other components to tap into your true fitness potential.
Fitness-related results are 70-80% diet-related so if you're working out in the gym regularly and putting way more energy into it than you should be and your still not seeing results then 95% of your problem is probably your diet.
One of the most important things to remember when fitness training is: balance your electrolytes properly. By balancing your electrolytes, drinking plenty of water, and eating a healthy plant-based diet you will be in a position to get the most out of your workout.
We all hear about the importance of electrolytes, but do we really understand what they are?
Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that keep your body balanced. Some examples of electrolytes are potassium, chloride, and magnesium. When you supplement your body with these essential elements, your blood chemistry, muscles, nerve impulses, and other vital body organs and systems will thank you. And when training, they are critical because when we sweat, we lose electrolytes from our body.
Let’s dive deeper into why electrolytes are essential not only to good health but also to your gym-based performance and results.
● While working out, your muscles are constantly active. By balancing essential electrolytes within your body, you’ll aid better muscle contraction to keep you going throughout your workout.
● Maintaining a clear and focused mind while training is crucial. Electrolytes will boost your workout potential by continuing to allow your nerve impulses to stay on point and your mind focused.
● Electrolytes will keep your body hydrated. They are directly connected to how your kidneys hold and release water. When your body feels sluggish due to an electrolyte imbalance it will not perform properly or use the energy provided adequately. This in turn causes your workout to achieve minimum goals.
Pro tip: Sweating isn’t the only variable to consider regarding the loss of electrolytes. The weather, the type and length of workout, and age also must be considered.
It’s well known that staying properly hydrated is critical for everyone, but especially while conducting any fitness training. The question is,
'Do you truly understand why it’s so important to keep yourself properly hydrated'?
It's a problem many of us face and dismiss as a cold or a headache or poor eyesight. But in reality, the true cause of many headaches and temporary eye problems is a lack of proper hydration.
Let’s take a look at why you need to stay properly hydrated during your fitness session.
● When properly hydrated, your muscles will reach peak functionality.
● Injuries will occur more often than not when people are dehydrated due to muscle fatigue.
● During exercise, your heart is working hard. Keep your blood pressure regulated by ensuring you are drinking enough water.
● Maintain an ideal body temperature throughout your training. Keeping hydrated will help you with this.
● Your blood flow will circulate better throughout your body when you drink enough water.
Pro tip: Your overall performance will plummet with even the slightest signs of dehydration. Try downloading an app on your smartphone to help remind you and keep track of your water intake. It will hold you accountable!
Lastly, let’s talk about your ultimate training fuel: food. Nutrition is often underrated when it comes to its importance in training. That’s why I want to highlight the key points below.
● Working out on an empty stomach is a mistake. You won’t have the fuel you need to get the most out of your fitness routine. If you are intermittent fasting train during your 8 hours of eating slot.
● The type of food matters. Carbs are the focal point to your body’s energy, don't go Keto, it's not good for the body.
● Protein is key for maintaining healthy muscles. The right amount of protein for your body is needed too much protein will cause health-related issues on a long-term basis.
● Supplementing yourself with fruits and vegetables will take your nutrition game to the next level, especially while working out, as fiber, vitamins, and minerals are vital to body and mind functions. Don't forget the magic five a day minimum is needed to keep you healthy, the same goes for your training needs too.
● If you consume too much saturated fat, you’ll be slower, and getting through your training session will be more of a challenge. Consume healthy fats such as avocados and nuts and seeds to maintain your best fitness routine.
Pro Tip: Even if you’re in between meals, having a quick pre-workout snack will give you that power to go the extra mile! A protein shake or banana or both is ideal.
When you combine balancing electrolytes, maintaining hydration, and sticking to a healthy plant-based diet, you’ll tap into your true training potential. The one you never knew you had!
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