Thursday, September 8, 2011

Are You Drinking Too Much Water During Exercise? You May Be

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We're familiar with the stay-hydrated mantra, when it comes to exercise. But now, a new study suggests that many people may be drinking too much water during fitness. 

According to experts at Loyola University Health System, half of runners may be drinking too much, particularly during races, reports BlissTree. 

“Many athletes hold unscientific views regarding the benefits of different hydration practices,” the study says, noting that too much water may lead to hyponatremia, a dangerous medical condition that can water down the sodium content of blood to scary-low levels.

The bottom line: Stopping for a water break is great--whether you're on the Elliptical at the gym or out on the sidewalk running. But constant sipping throughout exercise may not be good for health.

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