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Bottoms up. Thirst vs hunger. Sweet twist.
Staying hydrated during exercise is important for an athlete’s performance and health. By contrast, 75 per cent of us mere mortals are chronically dehydrated.
This is a key cause of exhaustion because when we’re dehydrated, our blood thickens and it can’t supply optimum energy to our brain and body, so we feel sluggish and tired. So, it’s important that we drink enough water, about 8–10 cups, throughout the day in order to stay properly hydrated.
While serious athletes use energy drinks to rehydrate themselves, these really aren’t necessary for the average Joe. Unless you’re exercising intensely for more than 2–3 hours at a time, plain water is sufficient to rehydrate with, and it doesn’t have the kilojoules that sugary sports drinks have. Make sure you drink around 8–10 cups of water each day Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Go for a large one (750ml–1L) and set a goal to top it up 2–3 times a day. It’s common to confuse hunger with thirst. So before you reach for a snack, drink a large glass of water and wait 10 minutes to see if you’re truly hungry. Don’t like drinking plain water? Add flavour with a twist of lemon, or a few mint sprigs, or sip on a refreshing herbal tea.