“Pro athletes are not paid to workout they are paid to recover.”-Pro Athlete Trainer. That is why they are so educated. So we, The Hydration Room is here to help educate you.
Preventative Hydration/Before: Hyperhydration via IV therapy or dedicated, intense oral hydration before extreme/intense activity to decrease fatigue and dehydration leading to nausea, vomiting, cramps and injury.
Post-exercise IV recovery: Goal to prevent soreness by improving muscle recovery and decrease down time. IV fluid should contain Glucose for muscle food and normal saline to improve hydration for muscle recovery.
The average person working out for an hour does not need IV hydration. Maybe IV or non-narcotic pain shot to prevent acute pain leading chronic pain. It is pretty much required for intense activity, marathons etc to prevent cramps and fatigue which could lead to injury. The trend we see is that it is not just professional athletes now pushing themselves to their physical limits and then some….it is everyone, we have Iron Mans, Baja races in the desert sun for 500 miles, Cross Fit Competitions. It is dangerous even for professionals to push their physical limits, but they have the resources to decrease or prevent injury, but now so does the everyday athlete.
Key Point of article below: The point here is that it is crucial to hydrate before and after intense exercise and patients rarely recognize the extent of how much the need to hydrate.
Dehydration, rehydration, and exercise in the heat: rehydration strategies for athletic competition. In Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology. 1999.
Exercise capacity and exercise performance are reduced when the ambient temperature is high. This has mainly been attributed to the large sweat losses which lead to hypohydration, a failure of thermoregulation, and eventually circulatory collapse. Exercising athletes rarely drink enough before or during exercise to replace the ongoing fluid losses, especially in hot conditions. Pre-exercise strategies include attempts to maintain euhydration but also to hyperhydrate. In prolonged continuous exercise, fluid and carbohydrate (CHO) ingestion has clearly been shown to improve performance and post-recovery. The general consensus is that fluid ingestion should match sweat losses during exercise and that the drink should contain CHO and electrolytes to assist water transport in the intestine and to improve palatability. Postexercise rehydration is essential. The best postexercise rehydration strategy would be to ingest a large volume of a beverage that contains a CHO source and a high sodium content.