Remaining adequately hydrated in everyday life is important and is essential before, during, and after your workouts. If you’re dehydrated before exercise you’ll have less energy, your heart will need to work harder, and your core temperature will rise quicker, impacting on your performance and, in extreme cases, even leading to heat stroke.

Ensuring that you’re appropriately hydrated is simple. Make sure that you choose the right fluids for the intensity of the exercise you’re doing, the length of time that you’re doing it, and the conditions on the day. For example, if it’s a hot day, you’ll need to drink more fluids than on a cold day. Energy drinks are often used to help replenish your electrolytes , however, plain water is suitable for the majority of the time. Consider drinking little and often throughout the day.

Remember, you can check if you’re hydrated by observing the colour of your urine. If it’s colourless, you’re drinking enough fluids and your body is hydrated. The darker the colour gets the more dehydrated you are and you should drink more water.