Hydration should be a simple concept: you should drink as much water as you need. However, it can be more complicated for athletes, and different people are saying different things about how athletes should hydrate. Hydration is necessary for a properly functioning body. A good rule of thumb is to follow your body and drink when you’re thirsty, which is still good advice for regular healthy people. Serious athletes should consider drinking something besides water, and follow more complicated rules.
- The best way to hydrate yourself isn’t just plain water, it’s actually water with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of maple syrup.
- Athletes should be hydrating themselves before, during and after a workout. This is even more important during cardio exercise where you’re losing water via sweat.
- Add high water content fruits and vegetables to your diet to help add some extra water intake to your daily routine. Try to stay away from sugary sports drinks as well.
“In fact, there are many (often contradictory) opinions out there about what we should be drinking, and how much, and when, especially for the athletes among us.”