Should You Hydrate Before or After a Workout?

Hydration is key to exercise success, but knowing when and how to hydrate isn’t always easy. While it makes sense to hydrate your body throughout the workout, there are benefits to choosing what you drink and when you drink it wisely. Here’s what you need to know about hydrating your body before and after a workout.

Hydration Prior to Your Workout

Prepping your body for exercise by drinking plenty of fluids is an important step to getting ready for your workout. However, drinking a lot of liquid immediately before intense exercise can lead to an unpleasant workout when the fluid starts sloshing around in your belly. Instead, hydrate yourself slowly an hour or two before you plan to exercise, and stop about 30 minutes before your workout.

Hydration After Your Workout

Since you lose a lot of fluid while working out, hydrating after you exercise is extremely important. Neglecting to hydrate your body after you exercise can lead to extreme fatigue, headache, and nausea. While water is always a good choice, a sports drink like Gatorade can help replace electrolytes lost during the workout too. The extra calories and electrolytes in a high quality sports drink can help you regain your energy more quickly after a workout.

By choosing when to hydrate your body and with what carefully in relation to your workout, you can set yourself up for exercise success!

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