Originally posted by novemberecho
reply to post by Aleister
Yes! When I was a figure skater, I'd chug water on the ice all the time. So does everyone else.
I quit a few years ago, and slated for the first time in a year last week. As soon as I started getting tired, I was just like. WATER! But I didn't
bring any. xD.
And I realized, whenever athletes get tired, they go for water.
Maybe, like in my post above, it's another way of getting more oxygen when the lactic aid is starting to kick in?
Likely your muscles needed water. What happens when we are dehydrated (and most people don't even notice it because they're so used to it) is that
the body removes water from the muscles and moves it to more vital systems - heart, brain, etc. - and then muscle cramps result. I used to get those
night cramps at least once or twice a week, where you wake up and your lower leg is cramping up. Since I started hydrating, I never had another one of
those. Athletes probably get more of an education about hydration than non-athletes, so it's an added benefit of their lifestyle. And what do you
mean "when" I was a figure skater - once a figure skater always a figure skater!