When the heat is on and you're exercising for health and weight loss, what should you have in hand? Plain water? Or a sports drink, which is designed to both rehydrate and replenish electrolytes, but which also contains calories?
Certainly electrolyte replacement is necessary for someone running a marathon, or playing a football game in 90-degree weather. But what about more typical exercise? By following these suggestions you'll be able to hydrate yourself for exercise without adding extra calories:
Unfortunately, thirst isn't a reliable gauge of your need to hydrate. When you feel thirsty, you are already starting to become dehydrated. So be safe, and be sure to drink plenty of liquids before, during and after exercise.
When you're not exercising, stay hydrated by drinking water or other fluids that don't contain sugar, caffeine or alcohol.
This summer, hydrate the right way without adding extra calories.
Megan Porter, RD