Erin Richardson, WSI, GFI

PoolWhen we talk about drinking poolside, most of us imagine small umbrellas and fruity drinks. However, we are not talking about those kinds of drinks today. We are here to discuss the importance of your water intake while swimming. The benefits of staying hydrated include maintaining the balance of our body fluids, helping kidney function, and helping with metabolism. Staying hydrated will help keep you both physically and mentally sharp, as well as help you to avoid cramping. Many of us, however, may not think about how it is important to keep up our water intake in the pool, especially when exercising.

It is difficult for most people to know if the droplets of water on their skin are from sweat or pool water. When swimming, you will lose fluid through sweat, so it is important to take in water to replace what you are losing. It can take as little as 30 minutes to become dehydrated in the pool. When you take into consideration the combination of warm water, hot air, and humidity, it’s easy to see that exercise in the water can zap your moisture quickly.

A good rule of thumb is to drink at least one cup of water every 15 minutes, or so. The key is to also come into your workout properly hydrated and make sure you keep up your water intake throughout the day.