When exercising, it’s vital to ensure you have always properly hydrated for peak performance. Here are four things you need to know about hydration:
Hydration = energy
While most people are aware that the main goal of hydration is to stop dehydration and replenish electrolytes lost in sweat, not many are as aware of the benefits it has on your muscles. In fact, when exercising, a fundamental goal of hydration is to deliver oxygen to your muscles. Think of it as a way of allowing your muscles to breathe while performing, which will result in an improvement in performance and energy levels.
Water isn’t enough
Yep, you read that correctly. Water is excellent at providing your body with essential fluid, but during intense exercise, it is not enough to truly hydrate your body. For best results, water needs to contain both carbohydrates and electrolytes. This makes it easier for fluid to move into your circulation where it can be used to better effect. Electrolytes additionally improve your body’s nerve reactions and muscle function.
You’ll be able to fuel better
Think of your body as a car. Without fuel, your car doesn’t run properly. Without the correct hydration, your body is the same. Proper hydration helps your body digest food on the go, meaning faster and more efficient fueling. The end result? Higher energy levels and better performance.
And your muscles will recover quicker
When it comes to muscle recovery, rehydrating is essential. Rehydrating replenishes lost fluids and electrolytes from exercise. However, don’t overload your body with fluids. Too much too fast can actually negate the benefits of exercise. Ideally, you want your body to repair itself naturally, aided by hydration throughout the hours following exercise. Think little and often.
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