Conditions like dehydration and muscle fatigue can really limit your performance levels and zap the nutrients you need to recover from tough training sessions. But proper hydration pre- and post-workout can help you overcome these challenges. Collegiate sports dietitian Sarah Dobkins, M.S., RD, CSSD, shares tips for staying hydrated:
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day
- Carry a water bottle with you
- Add fruit to your water bottle to change up the taste
Especially important is rehydrating after exercise – and picking the right fluids is key for muscle recovery. Refueling with chocolate milk post-workout can help you rehydrate, repair and replenish your body with vital nutrients that other beverages, like sports drinks, don’t have.