Hydration is key. Especially when you through in a workout into your day. “A mere 2% loss in body weight through sweat while exercising has been known to decrease exercise performance greatly. Dehydration cannot only lead to decreased performance, but it can cause muscle cramping, headaches, nausea, and fatigue,” according to Nuun. Proper hydration is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining body functionality, including heart, brain, and muscle activity (Harvard Health). That said, if drinking water feels like a chore, here’s some of our favorite ways to hydrate beyond the standard H2O:
Electrolyte tables are easy to carry with you on the go for an extra boost of flavor and replenishment. So what are electrolytes and why do we need them? Electrolytes are essential for our bodies restore our muscles and prevent cramping. During a challenging CycleCast ride, you likely sweat a ton - which is awesome! But, in extreme situations, low levels of water and electrolytes are dangerous - avoid the danger zone by hydrating before, during, and after a workout.
Nuun are a great way to replenish electrolytes with a little bubbles and a lot of flavor. With a number of varieties to choose from, you’ll never get bored of their tasty offerings like Tropical, Lemon-Lime, and Watermelon. These are easy to take with you on the go - simply drop one in your filled water bottle and you’re ready! If you want to switch it up, you can add it to hot water for a tea-like experience.
SaltStick is an easy way to fuel during a long workout or race day. SaltStick was created by a professional triathlete looking for quick refueling during intense training sessions. Their capsules and fast-chews are easy to get the five essential electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride) needed to recharge and keep charging forward. Learn more about the science of SaltStick and their products here.
We all buying plastic water bottles can add up - both in cost and landfills. Bringing your own reusable water bottle with you during the day can help you stay accountable to hydrating and safe the planet. There are some great brands out there that make hydrating stylish AND keep your beverage ice-cold for added refreshment during sweaty workouts.
Advanced technology in the water bottle business has made it possible to keep our cold drinks colder for 24 hours and our hot beverage warm for up to 12 hours. Some of our favorite brands include Hydroflask, Yeti, and Swell .