Rehydration Drinks for Summer Sports
During the summer, it’s important to stay hydrated, as we lose more water through sweat when exercising in hot weather. The only way to avoid dehydration is to drink often, before you even feel thirsty. However, not all drinks are healthy. Here are three options to pick from for your next outdoor workout!
As you might guess, water is at the top of the list! It is recommended to drink 1.5 to 2 L of water per day, so go ahead and sip all day. You can add flavour with a few slices of cucumber or lemon, or by using frozen fruit as ice cubes.
Gatorade or G2
These drinks are recommended for workouts that are longer than 60 minutes, or when you exercise under very hot weather and lose a lot of water through sweat. Gatorade and G2 both provide electrolytes to make up for losses caused by sweat, except that Gatorade also contains carbohydrates to replenish your energy stores, while G2 only has electrolytes.
Quick and easy to prepare, smoothies are often rich in vitamins and fibre. These highly nutritious drinks may be used as a pre- and post-workout snack. Smoothies that are high in carbohydrates (fruit, various types of milk, yogurt) are a good option to stock up on energy before a workout. By adding a source of protein (tofu, nuts, etc.), they become a great post-workout snack to replenish energy reserves and repair muscle tissue.
As a final note, beware of energy drinks like Red Bull, Monster, and other similar drinks, as they have poor nutritional value and are high in added sugar.
Have a great summer!
Jennifer Mikhael, P.Dt., nutritionist for Zero Diet
The Zero Diet brand is first and foremost the conviction that healthy eating is a primary factor to attaining a healthy weight and a balanced lifestyle. Thus, we offer nutrition counselling with nutritionists who are members of the OPDQ with our Zero Diet nutrition program in our centers and in companies. We have also developed a healthy frozen food product line that fulfills rigorous nutritional criteria as well as two healthy Zero Diet cookbooks.