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Hydrate Right: How Much Should a Runner Drink?

In the past years, dehydration seemed to be the problem that made many runners weak. Not having enough electrolytes in their system affected their performance in marathons. This opened up opportunities for different sports drinks to find their way into the market and become the solution for those who need their fluids.

Since running became popular, sports and fitness experts have seen a new trend—over-hydration or hyponatremia. A body that is overhydrated and in action can also mean a low level of sodium in the blood. This could cause disorientation, confusion, muscle weakness, nausea, and vomiting. In worse cases, it could lead to seizures or cardiac arrest.

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Experts from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and International Marathon Medical Directors Association (IMMDA) suggest that runners should only drink when they feel thirsty. People lose fluids at different rates and to avoid getting into extremes, runners should learn what happens to their bodies when it is time to hydrate.

A cup or two of water is safe enough to cover the first hour of a marathon. Sports drinks can also be consumed in small doses. Finishing multiple cups or a whole bottle might even be detrimental to one’s performance. Throughout the process, what’s important is that the body has an adequate amount of fluids to move swiftly.

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Foot Care for Runners

A runner’s feet must be given utmost importance. Countless miles put all the tension on soles. The feet need to be prioritized even without an upcoming marathon. Here are some tips on basic foot care:

Choose the right footwear
All shoes have to fit the owner well. Even if they’re pretty but uncomfortable, get another pair. The fit is all that matters. Many people injure their ankles because of ill-fitting shoes. Not only that, wearing shoes that are too tight can cause swelling and blisters. If it’s within budget, buy shoes from trustworthy brands.

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Cracking feet are painful and prone to blisters. Just like with the upper body, feet should be moisturized. Applying foot cream after a bath and leaving it out for a few minutes before wearing shoes is the recommended method to maintain the feet’s moisture.

Socks matter
There are thousands of sweat glands on each foot. Lightweight and breathable socks are an investment. They are also the best bet against athlete’s foot and fungi. To keep socks from smelling, washing them with baking soda or color-safe bleach will remove the odor.

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These tips will surely solve basic hygiene concerns for the feet. In case of pain, be sure to meet with a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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