First, here is an informative article from USA Track & Field. Read up for your safety!
Next, I don't want to discredit good, ol' fashioned water. No matter what other hydration you discover that you find you are in love with, water should ALWAYS be your priority! Then...when you sweat a lot, bring in your electrolyte replacement.
I just wanted to highlight my personal favorite that I have recently discovered (thanks to sales at the grocery stores):
COCONUT WATER!! I am in love with this drink!
|This is typically the brand I buy, but I am not partial. The best deal I have found is $1.49 (regular price) for a small container at Trader Joe's|
What I loved reading about the article was how coconut actually falls short in the category of sodium...because for me, coconut water is a great replacement drink on a daily basis, not for high-intensity performance. The high amounts of other electrolytes, especially potassium make me feel like a million bucks. Maybe it's just placebo effect, but I really don't think so!
The other thing I discovered while doing a little research are these beauties:
|Frozen Fruit Bars with...Coconut Water!|
Now the sun just needs to come out...