Hydration Station – Sweat Rate
Ever wonder why some people are drenched at the end of a run and others are just damp? What about the salty residue on your face? These are all examples of sweat rates. While each person sweats to cool his or her body, the amount varies from 16-70 ounces per hour. It’s not just water you lose; you lose electrolytes too, hence the salty residue. The majority are sodium and chloride.
So are you a heavy sweater…salty sweater… light sweater…? Everyone has a unique sweat rate; therefore, the hydration strategy should be as well.
Contributed by: Dawn Holmes, MS, RD, CSSD, LD – Dawn is a sports dietitian with The Runner’s Clinic at OhioHealth, a clinic by runners for runners.
Source: Sawka MN, Burke L, Eichner R, Maughan RJ, Montain SJ, Stachenfeld N. American College of Sports Medicine: exercise and fluid replacement position stand. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2007; 377-390. http://www.acsm-msse.org/pt/pt-core/template-journal/msse/media/0207.pdf