I hope you are all walking into your Monday feeling refreshed and energized! This past weekend was a hot one! I hope you found ways to move earlier in the day and beat the heat! Here is a picture from the boot campers who made it out on Saturday morning! Look at those happy, smiling people! This is what happens when we do fitness together! It’s a crazy, fun, and exhilarating experience that we get to share together! We work hard. We sweat hard. We live strong!
Also, a huge thank you to everyone who attended my 10th year of business bbq! It was an awesome gathering of great people and I will always remember it! Thanks guys for helping me to celebrate 10 years of business! Let’s keep it going! I believe that the best is yet to come!
Announcements and Reminders:
Class Policy Change – Three people are required for a class to run. However, if there are only two people who want to attend a class, you can opt to do so, but there will be a double class charge on your pre-paid cards. I will make sure and communicate with you ahead of time so you can decide if you’d like to attend.
Cardio Core is Tuesday at Jen’s Studio! Class times are: 5:45pm to 6:30pm, 6:40pm to 7:25pm, & 7:35pm to 8:20pm.
Park Fitness Day is Wednesday at 9am! Come out and join as we head to the park and have some fitness fun together! Class is 45 minutes. Drop in cost is $15. All levels welcomed.
Cardio Fusion is Thursday at 5:45pm to 6:30pm. If three people are interested, I can offer a 2nd class at 6:40pm. Please let me know!
Boot Camp Saturday Time Change. For now, I am offering Boot Camp from 7:30am to 8:15am on Saturdays.
Thought for the week: Electrolytes are Essential
When we work hard, we sweat. And when we sweat, we lose electrolytes. But what are electrolytes? They are: sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, phosphate, and bicarbonate. You need to be familiar with these and make sure that you are eating and drinking the right types of foods that will help replenish your electrolytes, especially if you are working hard and are sweating.
I am often asked about sports drinks and if they are good for us. Well, yes and no. If you think of Gatorade, there’s a whole lot of unnatural stuff going on in there, including a ton of sugar. However, if you are working out hard or are in the sun sweating doing intensive labor, can it help? Yes, absolutely, but there are other healthier choices out there such as coconut water that gives you all of your electrolytes without all of the artificial ingredients.
I have attached an article from Healthline that goes into much more details about why electrolytes are important. If you have a few minutes, check it out and learn a little more about the important role that electrolytes play in our bodies. Until then, stay hydrated!
These electrolytes are required for various bodily processes, including proper nerve and muscle function, maintaining acid-base balance and keeping you hydrated.
Summary Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electric charge. They’re found in your blood, urine and sweat and are vital to specific processes that keep your body functioning as it should.
Needed to Maintain Vital Body Functions
Electrolytes are crucial to keeping your nervous system and muscles functioning and your internal environment balanced.
Nervous System Function
Your brain sends electrical signals through your nerve cells to communicate with the cells throughout your body.
These signals are called nervous impulses, and they’re generated by changes to the electrical charge of the nerve cell membrane
The changes occur due to the movement of the electrolyte sodium across the nerve cell membrane.
When this happens, it sets off a chain reaction, moving more sodium ions (and the change in charge) along the length of the nerve cell axon.
The electrolyte calcium is needed for muscle contraction
It allows muscle fibers to slide together and move over each other as the muscle shortens and contracts.
Magnesium is also required in this process so that the muscle fibers can slide outward and muscles can relax after contraction.
Water must be kept in the right amounts both inside and outside each cell in your body
Electrolytes, particularly sodium, help maintain fluid balance through osmosis.
Osmosis is a process where water moves through the wall of a cell membrane from a dilute solution (more water and fewer electrolytes) toward a more concentrated solution (less water and more electrolytes).
This prevents cells from bursting from being too full or shriveling up due to dehydration Internal pH Levels
To stay healthy, your body needs to regulate its internal pH
pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a solution is. In your body, it’s regulated by chemical buffers, or weak acids and bases, which help minimize changes in your internal environment.
For example, your blood is regulated to stay at a pH of around 7.35 to 7.45. If it deviates from this, your body can’t function properly, and you become unwell.
Having the right balance of electrolytes is fundamental to maintaining your blood pH level
Summary Electrolytes are essential for keeping your nervous system and muscles functioning. They also ensure that your body’s internal environment is optimal by keeping you hydrated and helping regulate your internal pH.
Electrolyte Imbalances Are Bad for Your Health
In some circumstances, electrolyte levels in your blood can become too high or low, causing an imbalance
Disturbances in electrolytes can have a harmful effect on your health and can even be fatal in rare cases
Electrolyte imbalances often occur due to dehydration caused by excess heat, vomiting or diarrhea. This is why you should be mindful of replacing any lost fluids when it’s hot or when you’re sick Some illnesses, including kidney disease, eating disorders and injuries like severe burns, can cause electrolyte imbalances as well
If you have a mild electrolyte disturbance, you probably won’t experience any symptoms.
However, more severe imbalances can cause symptoms like
If you suspect you have an electrolyte imbalance, be sure to discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
Summary Electrolyte imbalances most commonly occur when people are severely dehydrated due to vomiting, diarrhea or excessive sweating. Severe imbalances can interfere with the way your body functions.
Do You Need More Electrolytes If You Sweat a Lot?
When you sweat, you lose both water and electrolytes, especially sodium and chloride.
As a result, long periods of exercise or activity, particularly in the heat, can cause significant electrolyte loss.
It’s estimated that sweat contains about 40–60 mmol of sodium per liter on average
But the actual amount of electrolytes lost through sweat can vary from person to person
In the US, the maximum recommended intake for sodium is 2,300 mg per day — which is equivalent to 6 grams or 1 teaspoon of table salt
Since around 90% of American adults consume way more than this, most people don’t need to replace sodium lost from sweat
However, certain populations, such as endurance athletes who are exercising for more than two hours or those who exercise in extreme heat, may want to consider drinking electrolyte-enriched sports drinks to replace their losses
For everyone else, getting the normal amount of sodium from foods and drinking water to remain hydrated is enough.
Summary You lose water and electrolytes, particularly sodium, when you sweat. However, the sodium consumed through your diet is normally enough to cover any losses.
Dietary Sources of Electrolytes
The best way to reach and maintain electrolyte balance is through a healthy diet.
The main food sources of electrolytes are fruits and vegetables. However, in the Western diet, a common source of sodium and chloride is table salt.
Below are some foods that provide electrolytes
Sodium: Pickled foods, cheese and table salt.
Chloride: Table salt.
Potassium: Fruits and vegetables like bananas, avocado and sweet potato.