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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Best And Worst Ways To Hydrate Your Summer Workout

According to a new report from the CDC, nearly 6,000 people will go to the emergency room this summer for heat illnesses related to sports and exercise. Dehydration is a major culprit of these ER visits, and it's also easily preventable.

We spoke to top nutritionists to find out the best and worst ways to hydrate if you're planning on outdoor exercise. Of course, the number one choice is plain water -- our experts recommend aiming for 20 ounces two hours before a workout --but if you're looking to mix things up a bit, here are some good options, along with some ones to avoid.

GOOD: Coconut Water

BAD: Soda
GOOD: Infused Water
BAD: Energy Drinks
GOOD: Fruits
GOOD: Chocolate Milk
BAD: Seltzer
GOOD: Vegetables
BAD: Super-Cold Drinks
GOOD: Caffeinated Drinks
BAD: Alcohol
It may seem totally obvious, but if you're lazing around on a summer afternoon, have a cocktail, and decide to go for a run a few hours later, you could start off dehydrated before you take your first step.

"Alcohol dehydrates you, plain and simple," says Newgent. "You can drink in the summer, but always do it after workouts, not before, and always have at least a cup of water between drinks."


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