Introducing Vicky Thornley who is part of our B.fresh extended team. We are supporting Vicky in her journey towards Tokyo 2020 as part of Team GB Rowing team. Vicky and Katherine Grainger won Silver in the double scull at the Rio Olympics so she is no stranger to the life of an Olympian!
We felt it would be interesting to hear from the perspective of an athlete just how important keeping hydrated is. Vicky wrote a piece for us which we’ve shared below.
Autumn is here and we often forget that hydration remain an important part of our diet. The lovely hot weather we enjoyed in the summer meant that hydration was of heightened importance. However, this shouldn’t be ignored just because the weather has cooled down. Keeping hydrated is a full-time job!
So why is fluid important in the body and what are the potential dangers of dehydration? Water has many functions, including maintaining core body temperature and removing waste products. Living and especially exercising in hotter temperatures lead to increased sweating, the body’s way of keeping our core temperature within the narrow range of 36-37 degrees Celsius.
Fluid loss as little as 2% of body mass (1.4kg in a 70kg person) is enough to impair performance. There is a simple way to monitor how much fluid you lose during exercise. You just need to weigh yourself before and after. For example, if you weighed 76kg before exercise and 75kg afterwards and drank 1 litre of fluid during, you will have lost 2 litres of fluid (1kg of weight = 1 litre of fluid loss). To ensure adequate recovery, you would be advised to replace 150% of what you lost, so in this case 3 litres.
Head to her own blog and website sharing more info on her life as an athlete www.victoriathornley.com
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