Is getting fit one of your 2017 resolutions? Did you ever consider how hydration is just as important as working on your squats and getting that heart rate up? Proper hydration can help your blood pressure to stabilize, boost your metabolism, and increase your energy levels. Vida-Flo Breckenridge is passionate about keeping your body in top shape with our IV hydration and vitamin therapies. If you’re feeling like you need to kickstart your hydration goals, make an appointment with us today! In the meantime, here are some great hydration tips to follow after a workout.
Water is the ultimate hydrator and is the best for recovery after a hard workout. Try to drink about 24 ounces of water right after you leave the gym. To ensure that you won’t shock your body, try to drink cool or room-temperature water instead of water with ice in it. After you’ve consumed 24 ounces, continue to sip water throughout the day or evening to keep your hydration levels maintained. Sipping water is much better than chugging several ounces at a time. You’ll retain water and feel bloated if you try to consume a lot of H2O in those important few hours after your workout. If you’ve had a particularly strenuous gym session or gone for a run outside in hot temperatures, drinking plenty of water is imperative as it is quite easy to become dehydrated after intense sweat and electrolyte loss.
Try Coconut or Electrolyte Water
If you’re concerned about the lost of sodium and electrolytes after an energetic workout class or a bootcamp session outside during the summer, you can supplement your water intake with coconut or water with added electrolytes. After you’ve been sweating for awhile, your body loses a lot of its nutrients and it can be hard to replace them. Acute dehydration can make you feel ill, contribute to muscle cramps, and raise your heart rate. Coconut water has naturally-occurring electrolytes and contains more potassium than a banana, making it an excellent choice for replacing those lost vitamins and minerals. Make sure that the coconut water that you choose doesn’t contain any added sugar or artificial flavors, as sugar can dehydrate you further. Water with added electrolytes is another great option if you don’t prefer coconut water or can’t find it in your city or town. While many people think that sports drinks are a good option for replacing the electrolytes lost while working out, often those beverages contain lots of sugar, artificial dyes, and artificial flavors.
Eat Some Fruit!
Ever considered fruit as a rehydration option? Fruit has lots of water, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are a perfect choice after an intense workout. Try watermelon, apples, honeydew, cantaloupe, and grapes to help you rehydrate. If you want to add some protein or vegetables, blend your favorite combinations into a yummy post-gym smoothie. While fruit is a great recovery option, make sure to continue sipping water, coconut water, or electrolyte water along with consuming your favorite fruits. There is water in fruit, but not quite enough to replenish your body if an apple is your only hydration option.
Curb the Caffeine
We get it: working on your fitness can make you tired. But stopping by a drive-thru to grab a cappuccino on the way home isn’t the best idea, especially after a workout. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning that it causes your body to lose water. If you’re already dehydrated, drinking a cup of joe won’t exactly make you feel better after hitting the gym. Also, don’t get derailed by trying decaf coffee. Even though the caffeine is removed, the diuretic properties still remain. Coffee is delicious but not the best choice after a fitness class or gym session. Save that delicious iced latte for the next day after you’ve properly rehydrated.
Drink Some Broth
A little tired of plain old H2O? Try sipping some warm chicken, vegetable, or beef broth. Bone and veggie broths are chock full of nutrients, vitamins, and protein, making broth a great choice for rehydrating after a sweat-filled gym session. On top of being a delicious and savory post-workout treat, broth contains collagen, minerals, and glucosamine, which are great for recovering after a long run. Bone and veggie broth also boosts your immune system and provides excellent protein. Try sipping a steaming cup instead of drinking eight ounces of H2O.
Know the Signs of Dehydration
Understanding and diagnosing dehydration is extremely important to your overall fitness success so you don’t overexert your body. One of the first signs of dehydration is thirst. Easy to ignore, being thirsty while at the gym is your first sign of needing to drink some water. Other early indicators of dehydration is heightened blood pressure and heart rate, increased perspiration, and flushed skin. If you experience any of these symptoms, take a break and drink eight ounces of water. Stopping exertion before these symptoms intensify is imperative to ensuring that you won’t injure yourself or faint.
At Vida-Flo Breckenridge, we’re passionate about providing quick and beneficial hydration therapies to help your get back to your life quickly. As a Top Rated National® Hydration Expert, Vida-Flo is an excellent choice if you’re feeling dehydrated, getting over an illness, or recovering from a workout. We have many different vitamin and medication options and can help you make the correct choice for your body. Make an appointment with us and you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Call us today!