The state of hydration has always been linked to endurance sports, such as running and cycling: a dehydrated athlete cannot sustain the endurance exercise to the best of its potential, that is, it loses performance.
Dr. Luca Mondazzi, head of the sports nutrition service and the dietology service for wellness of the Mapei Sport Research Center, explains, however, that “The attention of the studies has extended to the effects of the state of dehydration on the recovery from the sessions of training and on the effectiveness of the training itself. Basically, when hydration is not enough, the muscles partially lose the ability to build or rebuild their larger molecules, such as proteins and glycogen, which is the form in which carbohydrates are accumulated in the muscles. Therefore, you cannot limit yourself to taking care of your hydration only on the day of the race».
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