by Jenny B.
I recently saw an article in a special issue of Runner’s World (July) called, “Eat Your Water,” that immediately caught my attention. Hydration is something that I try to be careful about…ever since I passed out at marching band camp in front of all my peers…true story! I still don’t think it’s right to keep those kids out in the parking lot for 8 hours a day…but I digress.
Hydrating your body properly before, during, and after a workout is key – especially as the summer continues to heat up. This article provides information about some tasty foods that are not only water-rich but that also contain nutrients that can boost your performance and health.
|H2O + Electrolytes||Cantaloupe, Peaches, Strawberries|
|H2O + Vitamin C||Watermelon, Kiwi, Citrus|
|H2O + Recovery||Pineapple, Cherries|
|H2O + Immunity||Yogurt, Kefir (a yogurt-like drink)|
|H2O + Digestion||Beans (kidney, pinto, garbanzo)|
Additionally, I learned that coconut water has fewer calories and more electrolytes than sports drinks! I tried it this weekend and, while I don’t love the taste, I will certainly drink it for the benefits.
So load up on some delicious summer fruits and fuel yourself for those hot summer workouts at the same time!
– Jenny B.