Staying hydrated is important for everyone, but boxers need to be especially careful about drinking enough water. They lose quite a bit of water while sweating in the ring, and dehydration can lead to potentially serious health issues. Here’s why people who participate in boxing should drink as much water as possible.
If you don’t drink enough water before a boxing training session or match, you’re more likely to experience symptoms of dehydration, including nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, dry mouth, muscle cramps, and an increased heart rate. In more serious cases, you might notice muscle weakness, mental confusion, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, or loss of consciousness, which often requires medical attention.
You’ll ultimately feel more energized during workouts and boxing matches when you stay hydrated before, during, and after. You’ll have the mental clarity you need to decide which techniques to use and how to block jabs and hooks. Without the threat of fatigue and exhaustion, you’re much more likely to beat your opponents and enjoy success in the ring.
How to Stay Hydrated
Boxers should drink 20 ounces of water starting at least an hour before each training meet and match. Additionally, drink 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes while you exercise or compete. Once you finish your workout or match, drink another eight ounces of water. Quality also makes a difference: filtered or bottled mineral water tends to absorb more quickly into the body.
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