It is vitally important that you stay hydrated when exercising. As the weather changes as it becomes cooler it is something we may forget to do.
- How much do you really need to drink?
Men roughly need three liters of total beverage intake every day, and women get 2.2 liters.
- Types of Fluids to drink
Keep in mind those suggested intake levels include more than just water alone. Coffee, tea, fruit juices, even sweetened beverages provide your body with more water — although we wouldn’t recommend the latter for hydration purposes or much of anything, really. Even food counts. About 20% of a persons intake comes from food . How much water you should drink is extremely personal.
Can i drink too much?
- Overhydrating can be extremely dangerous — but it’s relatively rare, consider this rule of thumb: Try not to drink to the point where you feel full from water alone.
Exercisers need sports drinks?
- If you’re working out for less than an hour water is enough. You don’t deplete electrolyte and glycogen reserves until you’ve been exercising intensely for over an hour. Endurance athletes can benefit from energy drinks, but naturally made will be enough ( I used to put together a bottle of half fresh orange juice, a small pinch of sea salt and dilute with water when i was training for long distance running. Or try the Sports Electrolyte Fix Liquid from Viridian. This is an intense electrolyte liquid, sourced from the Great Salt Lake, Utah in the USA, containing mineral salts including sodium, chloride, magnesium and potassium.