You hit the gym a few times a week, but what you really want is to become an endurance athlete. While your workouts and nutrition might be helping you achieve some results, to really progress to becoming an endurance athlete, you need to really put some effort into how you train and take care of yourself.
Here are ten tips that will make it easier to achieve your goals, regardless of what endurance events you are training for.
1) Stay Hydrated
Before you decide to engage in any endurance sport, you need to make sure your body is properly hydrated. Failing to do so can lead you to run the risk of muscle cramps and muscle fatigue. This is caused by depleting your mineral stores, in particular your electrolytes (sodium and potassium).
Make sure to drink at least 16 to 24 ounces of water before you work out – about 1/2 of your lean body mass in ounces. For example, if you have 150 pounds of lean body mass, drink at least 75 ounces of water a day. Drink more if you plan on working out a significant amount.
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