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Are you getting enough to drink when you exercise? A new study finds nearly half of all exercisers are starting their workouts at a real disadvantage: they're already dehydrated before they begin.
Tara Barnett calls it her faithful friend. She won't workout without her water.
Tara says, "I always carry bottled water with me at the gym, outside, whatever just because it just keeps me going."
But it's not keeping enough people who exercise going. A new study finds about half of them are already dehydrated before their start their workout.
Tara says, "I usually drink a glass or two before I go not too much because I'll get my stomach full"
The study finds out of those who begin their workouts already dehydrated, nearly three-fourths plan to work out for an hour or more. More than half think they're drinking enough. And almost half admit it's a struggle for them to drink enough. This can have a negative affect on your workout.
Tara says, "I get really tired and I definitely don't go exercise as long as I would normally. It just makes me feel better. I work out better and longer if I drink water."
Research shows even just a little dehydration can shorten your endurance, and make your workout feel much harder.
Don't wait until you're thirsty. You should drink before, during and after exercise.