Proper Hy­dra­tion

Climbing - - CLINICS HEALTH - BY HAI­LEY MOORE

REG­U­LATE WA­TER IN­TAKE TO SAVE WEIGHT

The next time you see a climber haul­ing a gal­lon jug to the crag, con­sider this: De­pend­ing on how long he’s out, drink­ing that much wa­ter could cause more harm than good. While most of us worry about de­hy­dra­tion, over­hy­dra­tion can lead to a throb­bing headache, nau­sea, mus­cle spasms, cramps, and in a worst-case sce­nario, brain swelling or a coma. Plus, a gal­lon of wa­ter weighs more than 8 pounds. Pre­par­ing your climb­ing gear for a day at the crag isn’t guess­work, and cal­cu­lat­ing the amount of flu­ids you need shouldn’t be ei­ther. To keep your head from swim­ming over the art of proper hy­dra­tion, read the tips be­low on how to main­tain op­ti­mal hy­dra­tion.

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