Going all out this time to lose that extra weight? Have you been sweating it out in the gym like there's no tomorrow? While we applaud your focus and determination, it's also important to ensure that you keep yourself hydrated before and after, as well as while working out. When you work out, you tend to lose water from your body. Staying hydrated then helps in regulating your body temperature and protecting your joints and muscles from damage. It's not without reason that fitness experts tell you to take a break and hydrate while working out.
Here are simple ways on how to keep the body hydrated while working out:
Always carry a water bottle with you when you go for your workout. Remind yourself to take small sips frequently. For those who exercise for one hour or less, drinking water is good enough. If you are putting in more hours, then you need more nutrients.
(Also read: Why You Should Probably Stop Snacking At Work)
Avoid colas, instead rely on healthy drinks to stay hydrated and provide your body with much needed nutrients. For example, bel pathar sharbat, thandai, kokum sharbat, chaach, lassi and sattu drinks are good for your body.
Cut down on tea, coffee and processed foods. All of these are either low on water content or dehydrate the body and are best avoided if you are into fitness. So if you have a morning gym class, try to skip your tea or coffee and instead pick a bottle of water or fruit juice.
Where water fails to provide you with nutrients, coconut water covers up. The ultimate health drink is the best refreshment for fitness enthusiasts. It contains a bunch of minerals like potassium, magnesium, manganese, sodium and calcium.
Seasonal fruits are a must during summer. Have citrus fruits that are a good source of antioxidants, and fruits with high water content such as watermelon, lychee and even cucumber. You can make yourself flavoured water to stay hydrated.
The best way to beat the heat is to sip on refreshing lassi or buttermilk, won't you agree? If you have been working out, then make sure to include these dairy based drinks in your diet to keep the body hydrated.Comments
So good luck to losing weight and make sure to follow the above tips to stay hydrated.