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    Occassionally I play 2 indoor soccer games in one night. This means being on the field 45 minutes and in goal 20 minutes, possibly on the field 60 minutes. Total duration of the games is 80 minutes, I typically sub out for 5 minutes per half. Is water enough while I'm playing, or is there something else I should be turning to in order to stay hydrated and perform at my best?

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    You are fine. No worries.
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    • #3
      If you're not having any problems, then it's enough.

      If you're getting headaches or something like that, then you could use coconut water to replace the electrolytes you're probably losing.

      That's what I have to do, but I'm sweating pretty good for about 5 or 6 hours straight, 5 or 6 days a week. That's probably not normal. It doesn't take much, though. I'm usually fine with one 11oz pack a day, and not even that if I'm not sweating too much that particular day.
      Durp.

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      • #4
        I do swet quite a bit as it's a ton of sprinting. At times I have gotten chills while playing. I used to do Gatorade, but have cut that out due to the sugar. Perhaps it would be okay when playing 2 games. I'm guessing coconut water is $$?

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        • #5
          It's not cheap, but it's not really that pricey either. The thing is, you don't chug it like Gatorade and expect it to quench your thirst. It's more like a supplement to water, like a liquid supplement. So you're not going to be drinking a liter of it at a time unless you're independently wealthy.

          You can get it at most grocery stores, usually in the health food section. Just look for ones that are just coconut water and nothing else. CocoVita is pretty good, and so is O.N.E. Actually, I've seen it lately at a lot of convenience stores too.
          Durp.

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          • #6
            Stick to your water and do some homework on post workout nutrition...and maybe pre workout nutrition?
            One of my brothers was a top triathlete, ironman, surf lifesaver and he felt that we should be able to exersize for 1.5 - 2 hours before rehydrating. I am sure others have their own view on this one

            keep at it !
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            ...small steps....

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
              Stick to your water and do some homework on post workout nutrition...and maybe pre workout nutrition?
              One of my brothers was a top triathlete, ironman, surf lifesaver and he felt that we should be able to exersize for 1.5 - 2 hours before rehydrating. I am sure others have their own view on this one

              keep at it !
              I don't consume anything after playing. The games are too late at night (7, 7:45 or 8:30) and I'm nowhere near hungry afterwards. But perhaps I will look into ideas for what to eat for dinner on the nights of games.

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              • #8
                great. let us know how you get on
                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                ...small steps....

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                • #9
                  Water is all you need. I consumed only water during my 5h trail marathon.

                  Don't overdrink, and you don't need electrolytes. Tim Noakes' newish book "Waterlogged" explains all the science in excruciating detail, but this review of the book covers it well (and is a highly recommended read):
                  Waterlogged – A Dogma-Shattering Book?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by elenius View Post
                    Water is all you need. I consumed only water during my 5h trail marathon.

                    Don't overdrink, and you don't need electrolytes. Tim Noakes' newish book "Waterlogged" explains all the science in excruciating detail, but this review of the book covers it well (and is a highly recommended read):
                    Waterlogged – A Dogma-Shattering Book?
                    Um... not always. Yeah, he probably doesn't need anything but water in this case, but when you're sweating for 5 or 6 hours straight in the desert and literally drinking 2 or 3 gallons of water only when you're thirsty, then you can easily end up with a brutal headache from electrolyte loss.
                    Durp.

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                    • #11
                      If you're really very concerned, you can have coconut water or add a nuun tablet to your water
                      When I do half marathons, I carry a 70 oz camelback with nuun tablets in the water bladder. My favorites are fruit punch & tropical.
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                      • #12
                        Add a splash of lemon and lime juices, and a pinch of salt to a bottle of water. Citrus fruits are high in electrolytes. It's like Gatorade minus the sugar.
                        "Don't waste your time, or time will waste you."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by skorpion317 View Post
                          Add a splash of lemon and lime juices, and a pinch of salt to a bottle of water. Citrus fruits are high in electrolytes. It's like Gatorade minus the sugar.
                          Came here to post this. Lemon/lime has your potassium, and the salt your sodium, the 2 things you lose the most of from sweating.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by skorpion317 View Post
                            Add a splash of lemon and lime juices, and a pinch of salt to a bottle of water. Citrus fruits are high in electrolytes. It's like Gatorade minus the sugar.
                            Thanks! That is exactly the type of thing I was looking for. Will give it a try next week!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                              Um... not always. Yeah, he probably doesn't need anything but water in this case, but when you're sweating for 5 or 6 hours straight in the desert and literally drinking 2 or 3 gallons of water only when you're thirsty, then you can easily end up with a brutal headache from electrolyte loss.
                              I hear Tim Noakes on the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast. He stated that as long as your sweat is salty you have nothing to worry about. The idea is, from an evolutionary perspective, the only reason that your body would be getting rid of all that salt (electrolytes) is if there was an excess. Essentially your body should retain it if it was necessary to your health.
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