Posted by: #Fitz
We have all heard the saying, “Drink eight cups of water a day”, but is it enough? Our body is made up of 60-75% water and it is not a secret that how much you drink can affect your health. Consuming too much can dilute salt levels and cause mineral imbalances, while too little can cause dehydration, headaches, muscle cramps, and fatigue. On average, men should consume about 13 cups (3 liters) a day while women need a recommended 9 cups (2.2 liters). Water is necessary for the body to function but it is even more important for active tennis players.
Water intake will depend on many factors such as gender, age, weight, temperature, length of play, and diet. Prior a match, players should aim for about 20oz of water to establish initial hydration. This amount should increase if the temperatures are hot/humid, if you are playing singles, and/or you plan to play for a long period of time. Players should aim to quench their thirst before they step on the court, because once you are thirsty during play, dehydration is not far behind. During a match, you should drink water every 15 minutes especially during changeovers even if you are not thirsty. Once you are finished playing, most of your body fluids are lost within 2 hours, so make sure to drink water along with a sports drink, such as Gatorade to replenish your body. You can find out more about sports drinks in my next article.
So remember, on and off the court, water consumption is extremely important to stay on top of your game and allow your body to perform at it’s optimum level. Till next time – Drink up!!!