Further Thoughts On Sweat, Electrolyte Replacement And Body Awareness During Hot Weather

“It took me a long time to train my body to sweat, so now I don’t suffer from overheating, instead I have to deal with electrolyte replacement.”

by FitOldDog

Hi folks! Welcome!

I was sweating up a storm on my trainer bike!

I was sweating up a storm on my trainer bike!

When it comes to sweat and electrolyte supplementation during hot weather, science will get you much of the way but sensing your need for electrolytes through body awareness will fine tune the process and reduce your chances of muscle cramps or worse.

I don’t listen to music or use other distractions when I train, even for long periods of time, I listen to my body and it always teaches me something useful. For instance, I was riding my trainer bike indoors the other day, and it was hot in my house, so I sweated up storm. Sweat contentsElectrolyte-laden fluid was dripping down my arms onto the floor (I need to put my bike bra back on, come to think of it). This got me to wondering about the difficult task of estimating one’s need for electrolyte replacement during hot weather training or races. There are just too many variables to consider, even if you have a sweat analysis you’ll need to make fine adjustments to your electrolyte intake for optimal performance.

Once again it comes down to body awareness – if you need electrolytes you will feel it, if you pay attention.

-k @FitOldDog


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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.