June 30, 2015
Drinking too much water when exercising could pose serious health risks
The updated report states that people need to be careful about how much water they drink when exercising, especially in the summer months when the heat can drive people to drink even more.
We are currently experiencing a heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. This is the advice I am given? Seriously?
This was the case with two high school football players who died of EAH last summer. Their deaths were a major force behind the Consensus Panel reconvening.
Well, I don't want to die because I drank too much water. How much did they drink? Hmmm. Doesn't say. Maybe I better investigate before I take my next drink. You know, just to be safe.
Preventing Deaths Due to Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia: The 2015 Consensus Guidelines
One of the high-school football players who died this year reportedly drank 16 L of fluid during practice to alleviate muscle cramps.
It won't be easy, but I'll try to limit myself to less than four gallons of water if I experience muscle cramps. To be on the safe side, I have developed a new plan of action that should protect me.
My Water Intake Plan
1:00pm: Begin rigorous exercise routine under hot glaring sun.
1:15pm: Drink thimble of water.
1:30pm: Eat a slice of week old cornbread.
1:45pm: Complain to girlfriend about headache.
2:00pm: Drink thimble of water.
2:15pm: Eat a rice cake.
2:30pm: Complain to girlfriend about dizziness.
2:45pm: Drink thimble of water.
3:00pm: Gnaw on some sawdust.
3:15pm: End exercise routine by fainting.
3:30pm: Wake up in emergency room disoriented.
3:45pm: Run for the exit!
4:00pm: Search for a dumpster.
4:15pm: Crawl inside and catch my breath.
4:30pm: Come to my senses.
4:45pm: Find girlfriend to take me home.
5:00pm: Begin to mow the yard.
5:15pm: Drink thimble of water.
5:30pm: Eat a cup of raw flour for dinner.
I don't think my plan will work for everyone. Feel free to modify it to suit your own tastes. For those willing to ingest more calories, dry graham crackers and/or chicken bouillon cubes can be a great alternative to sawdust. ;)
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