As an athlete, you understand the importance of staying hydrated, especially during high intensity training periods. But did you know that HOW you hydrate matters? At different levels of stress and effort your muscles require different levels of oxygen and fuel, which proper hydration can provide.
To begin, below are some general best practice guidelines for optimizing your hydration plan during training:
- Workouts under 90 minutes require hydration replenishment with electrolyte-rich fluids.
- Workouts over 90 minutes, carbohydrates play a key role in your hydration for optimal fluid transfer.
- During your workout, aim to consume 16-24 oz. of electrolyte-rich fluid per hour.
It is so important to provide your body with an optimal blend of electrolytes and carbohydrates in order to stay energized and strong when you’re putting it under extended stress. There are a number of variables that contribute to your individual hydration needs as an athlete (weight, gender, etc.) Find below a guide for how to plan your hydration and nutrition before you head out for your next long workout: