Staying Hydrated As an Athlete

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.

Learn more about all the sports nutrition dairy has to offer and find out when and how to refuel with chocolate milk.

By Sarah Dobkins, MS, RD, CSSD

Sarah Dobkins, MS, RD, CSSD is a registered dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. When this blog was published, she was the director of the Pioneer Performance Clinic and sports dietitian for Texas Woman's University. Sarah's professional interests include firefighter wellness, adolescent sports medicine and working with athletes of all calibers. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in exercise and sports nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. In her spare time, Sarah loves to cook and compete in triathlons.

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