Too… Much… Water!

It’s important to keep hydrated when you work out. That’s why the need to drink plenty of water or other fluids is always emphasized when people talk about exercising.

But do you ever worry about overdoing it? Possibly you should.

It doesn’t happen often, but there is a condition called exercise-induced hyponatremia (EAH). It’s most common in endurance activities of 4 or more hours. It is the result of drinking too much water and it can be fatal. And don’t assume that sports drinks will take care of it. From the article:

Verbalis also says that sports drinks, which contain some sodium and potassium and carbohydrates, are basically water with a few additives. “There’s a misconception among the sports community that consuming sports drinks rather than water will protect you from becoming hyponatremic. That’s simply not true,” he says. “Drinking too much of anything puts some people at risk for potentially dangerous levels of hyponatremia.”

This can result in there being too much fluid for the kidney to process, and so the fluid goes into the blood, diluting the level of sodium.

So what should you be doing?

Drink when you’re thirsty. Don’t keep drinking just because you think you need to keep to a certain level of fluid intake.

Can You Afford a Home Gym?

A home gym sounds very expensive. When most people think of a home gym, they think of the big equipment. The exercise bike. The multipurpose workout equipment. The treadmill.

Many of these cost a couple hundred to even a few thousand for those who want to spend that kind of money. But you don’t have to spend a ton to have a home gym that will help you to reach your fitness goals.

Think about the things you really need to have. I love my exercise ball, for example. Takes very little room, I can use it for exercise and my kids can play with it. No worry about the kids pinching their fingers on it. And it cost under $30. It can be used in any room of the house.

If you walk, jog or run for exercise, a pedometer is a great idea that can help you to track your goals without costing a fortune. Continue reading “Can You Afford a Home Gym?”