On Tuesday I found out just how important it is to drink water. It was my girlfriends birthday so I decided to go to hot yoga with her, something she had been wanting for a long time. Sure enough I end up racing around in the morning and don't drink enough water before hand. What followed was one of the strangest experiences of my life.
I began strong keeping up with the flow, but eventually started to become more sluggish until nearing the end I just laid down and was unable to continue any of the postures. With about 20 minutes left in the class I began to notice some tingling in my hands. I did not think much of it but it soon grew to a full on numbness (pins and needles). Next my arms started to get numb as well and my thumbs involuntary contracted to press against my pointer and middle fingers. At this point I knew something was awry, but with only 4 minutes left in class and the teacher encouraging me I pressed on.
After the class was finished I tried to drink from my water bottle but found I had to fight to open my hand. In the changing room one of the other participants asked if my hands were alright and offered me some electrolytes telling me it was dehydration. What happened next was incredible, within 5 minutes of drinking some more water and electrolytes my hands were back to normal, just feeling a little bit sore. I ended up going to Ultimate afterwards and running for a good three hours but ensured I brought a bunch of water. It turned out fine as I was able to drink a bunch of water and not have any hand problems at all (which would be devastating while trying to throw a frisbee!).
In any case a word of advice to you all! If your hand every really hurt, drink a bunch of water and if you plan on doing a lot of exercise/sweating a lot (I soaked an entire towel through at hot yoga!) MAKE SURE YOU HYDRATE YOURSELF ADEQUATELY! This means drink water before, during and after! Speaking of sweating and hydration, how hot is it where you all live right now? The forecast for tomorrow where I am from is a measly high of 16°C (60°F). A new puzzle will be up soon, don't worry :)