If you are a workout junkie, you must surely have your own personal sports bottle of a refreshing or energy drink to keep you ‘going’. A bewildering variety of sports drinks promise to help you go longer, get stronger, run faster, and recover better. But why should you drink something during your workouts?
Well, it certainly is important to stay hydrated during exercise. But for the average workout of 60 minutes or less, you typically won’t need anything more than water. If you’re going longer than an hour, or it’s hot and humid outside, then you may need more than that. Here is what you need to know to stay hydrated.
STICK TO WATER. Simple water is the best way to go. But do avoid packaged sports drinks for the sugar content in them is counter-productive to your exercise!
STAY HYDRATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. The best way to avoid a last-minute rush to fill in on fluids before a workout is to sip small amounts of water or drinks like these herbal beverages & organic juices like Herbal Hills Wheat-O-Power throughout the day.
DO THE BATHROOM CHECK. When you’re well hydrated, your urine will be the color of pale lemonade or straw. If it’s clear, you’re drinking too much. If it’s the color of apple juice, drink more.
DRINK WHEN YOU’RE THIRSTY. The body’s thirst mechanism is tuned to tell you when you need to hydrate. Don’t overhydrate!
DRINK MORE WHEN IT’S HOT AND HUMID. Hydration becomes most important during intense exercise in the heat. The best bet for rehydration is to drink beverages like natural Amla Juice or Triphala Juice, apart from coconut water, or water with a slice of fruit.
REHYDRATE POSTWORKOUT. Do you have white streaks on your skin or clothes after your workout? It means you’re a salty sweater. You’ve lost a lot of sodium. Try vegetable juices, which is a good source of sodium.
Hard workouts require extra hydration attention. Drink & Stay Happy!