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A marathon runner takes a well deserved drink

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18-02-2021
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Why you should drink water during training

A runner carries her drinks in a bottle belt at the Virgin Money London Marathon

Leaving The Right Impression

Our first-ever environmental report, Leaving the Right Impression, sets out the waste, emissions and products produced and used across all of our events, and at our headquarters and warehouse, in 2019. We tried a number of initiatives to improve the environmental impact of the Virgin Money London Marathon and the results can also be found in the report.

We are excited about what we and our partners have achieved, but know there is still much more to do, and this work will continue long into the future.

How can you tell you’re getting dehydrated?

While much of this may seem like common sense, what isn’t always so obvious are the signs you’re getting dehydrated. Keep an eye out for these symptoms:

  • 1. Dry mouth

    One of the clearest signals that your body needs more water is when your mouth starts to feel like the Gobi desert at high noon. Don’t ignore it. Have a refreshing swig of water as soon as possible.

  • 2. Muscle fatigue

    Are your muscles getting tired more quickly than they usually do? This could be a sign that you need more hydration during sports or exercise. After all, muscles are 75 per cent H2O and when that’s in short supply they can’t work properly. Have a drink, a rest, then get back into it.

  • 3. Feeling dizzy

    If you feel lightheaded during exercise, stop immediately and have a drink of water. If it is down to dehydration, the dizziness should soon pass and you can get on with your workout. If it persists, consult a medical professional immediately.

  • 4. Pinch yourself

    You might not have heard of this one before, but your skin’s elasticity is a great indicator of how well-hydrated you are. So, give yourself a little pinch and see how quickly the skin returns to normal. If it takes longer than usual, then you may well need to drink (you could treat yourself to a cool bottle of Buxton Water just to be sure).

To help you get as much water as an active body needs, why not try one of our Buxton Natural Mineral Water sports cap bottles next time you train? They give you a fast and convenient way to deliver much-needed refreshment, even if you’re in the thick of things on the track, court or gym. In fact, wherever it is that you get all hot and sweaty in the pursuit of sport.

The important thing to remember is that if you want to enjoy whatever sport you love, then drinking water during exercise should become as much a part of your workout as stretching and warming up.

See more hydration tips on Buxton.com

Water contributes to the maintenance of normal physical and cognitive function and normal regulation of body temperature. At least two litres of water, from all sources, should be consumed per day, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.