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If you're exercising as much as you should be (at least around 2-3 hours a week according to the NHS) then you need the right fuel to help keep you active.
You lose a lot of water while undertaking vigorous exercise, so you need keep your body's water balance on an even keel to prevent debilitating dehydration.
Don't believe the hype
It's pretty logical that you should at least be replacing whatever water you sweat out. But there's a scary and confusing plethora of radioactive-looking sports drinks and supplements out there that seem to promise to turn you in to an Olympic-class athlete. They must be good for you right?
In a previous article, trusted expert and online fitness coach, Joe Wicks, puts us straight about this:
"I'm not a big fan of sports drinks or fizzy drinks. I think people rely far too much on sugar energy than real energy derived from macronutrients (fats, protein and carbohydrates). Sugar just causes the body to crave even more junk food as blood sugar levels take a nose-dive.
Nothing is better than purified water for hydrating before, during and after a workout so skip the sugary energy drinks and give your body what it really needs - H2O."
The best way to stay healthily hydrated
So what's the best way to replace the water you lose during exercise? Yup - you guessed it: with water (naturally).
Just replace like for like. But not just any old water, oh no. If you're in to taking care of yourself - getting exercise, healthy diet, looking good - then it's logical that you'll be careful about what you put in to your body.
Ideally you'd only want naturally-occurring stuff in that replenishing water, right? That means it should be filtered to only have the essential and healthy natural minerals in it (like Calcium and Potassium) and nothing else dodgy - like chlorine, dirt or bacteria.
Crisp tasting and refreshing water is a perfect pick me up after a hard workout. Stick to the simple solution, and you'll be on to a winner.