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What to Drink, When: How to Hydrate for Exercise


Water, Sport Drinks…Coffee? What do you drink to stay hydrated–and does it matter? We break down your best options for keeping hydrated before, during, and after exercise. 

Glass water

Before you jump on that treadmill, tie your running shoes, or reach for that Wii controller, pour yourself a glass of water. (From the tap, of course!) But be sure to start drinking 2-3 hours before you work out! Don't wait till you get to the gym to fill your water bottle!

 

Don't like the taste of your tap water? You're not alone. In fact, it's the number one reason more exercisers drink flavored water. Be careful, though-some flavored waters can deliver as much sugar as soda while others contain potentially problematic artificial sweeteners. Do yourself a favor and filter your tap water. You'll be surprised just how good your water can taste! 

 

Coconut
Looking for a natural alternative to plain water? Coconut water might be your best bet. It's naturally rich in electrolytes, with twice the potassium of a banana. But with a price tag of $2-3 a serving– is it really worth it?

 

 

Many of us turn to sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade during longer, more intense workouts. Sports drinks replenish the sodium and potassium your body loses through sweat–but they're relatively pricy and ugh-those plastic bottles.  Try the powdered mixes instead–they work just as well, cost far less than buying sports drinks by the case, and leave your recycling bin lighter.

 

Most of us are used to that morning cup of joe–but few of us think of coffee as a workout enhancer. But if you can stomach it (pun intended), a cup of coffee or two before or during exercise can give your workout a boost. 

 

Post-workout
Turns out that most of us don't exercise heavily enough to need a sports recovery drink. Water is just fine for most people. But if you need few more choices for what to guzzle down before you hit the shower, read on.  A dose of juice can ease inflammation and quelch those exercise-induced free radicals. And what's even better than a carb-loaded sports drink? Milk.  It helps with muscle recovery and replenishes glycogen stores–it really does do a body good!

 

Perhaps the best post-workout beverage option we've heard of, though, comes from a group of Spanish researchers who claim that your best option might just be…

 

Beer.   Guinness for Strength poster.img_assist_custom-480x355

 

Yep.  Those Guinness ads were right all along. Beer is good for your health after all! Turns out a
pint of beer works even better than water to replenish lost carbohydrates and rehydrate your body. 

 

So now we know the secret of Babe Ruth's success…