Why is Hydration So Important in Taekwondo
Posted: April 05, 2019
Taekwondo is practiced by people in more than 200 countries, according to Korea.net, and continues to gain popularity in the United States. In addition to learning how to defend yourself, taekwondo strengthens your body, enhances agility and self-discipline and builds confidence. Yet despite these notable benefits -- and like other forms of exercise -- you must maintain proper hydration during taekwondo practices and promotions, so your body continues performing at peak levels. Here are some key reasons why hydration is so essential in this martial art.
Essential While Exercising
In the simplest case, your body requires hydration when you exercise -- even more so during the summer months. For one thing, the human body is comprised of approximately 65 percent water, according to the U.S. Department of Interior, and you must drink between two and three liters per day to survive. You must replenish that water when you exercise, especially when performing the rigorous kicks and punches required in taekwondo. In most cases, thirst or a dry mouth will dictate how much water your body needs. Drink water before you work out and every 10 to 15 minutes while practicing, according to the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain.
Sweat More/Burn More Calories
You sweat more with vigorous exercise like taekwondo, and it's even more amplified while wearing the heavy Do Bach or uniform. Medical News Today says when you lose fluids you lose essential electrolytes or minerals, such as sodium and potassium. And these minerals control critical bodily functions like nerve impulses and muscle contractions. Water regulates body temperature and fluid levels in your body. On average, a 165-pound man expends at least 811 calories per hour during martial arts training, according to Seneca Lab's Captain Calculator, even at a moderate pace. Besides water, hydrate with sports drinks that replenish electrolytes.
Drinking fluids will also prevent dehydration which can cause cramping and possible renal failure in older adults, according to Dr. George W. Alexander's article in Fighting Arts online. Dehydration can occur anytime you lose 3 percent or more of your body weight during vigorous exercise. Therefore, monitor your weight during training sessions and hydrate and eat accordingly.
Prevent Other Adverse Symptoms
A lack of hydration can cause fatigue, dizziness, dark urination and even confusion, according to Mayo Clinic. Extreme thirst is one way to tell if you're borderline dehydrated. Another is the loss of skin elasticity. The skin on the back of your hand should return to normal when you pinch it if you're properly hydrated.
Taekwondo is a great way of getting exercise, which strengthens your heart and lungs and helps you prevent various diseases. So continue dazzling everyone at the Do Chang with those powerful kicks, but don't forget to hydrate.