We've all heard the motto that you need 6-8 glasses of water a day to keep yourself healthy and hydrated. But does the same thing apply if you switch out water for energy or sports drinks? There are so many in the market today that it can seem daunting to choose what to grab after a long yoga class or spinning session. Here are some handy tips to help you decide on what's your best choice.
* Water hydrates better than any other liquid mostly because it is pure and has no added chemical or preservatives to it. While it might not be the most tasteful of the drink world, it will be your best bet. Drink water for every 15-20 minutes of exercise you do. If you want to add some natural flavor try one of these five ways to make your tap water taste great.
* Instead of choosing a sugary sports drink, grab a refreshing coconut water after your workout. Sports drinks are great because they replenish your electrolytes after a work out, but too often, they're loaded with sugar. Coconut water is a lower calorie way to replenish your electrolytes without added sugar. Not to mention, coconut water is packed with Vitamin C.
* Energy drinks are known for their caffeine kick and help stimulate when your energy reserves are low. However, caffeine can also dehydrate you so when you drink energy drinks, you're actually left wanting more to drink! Ingesting the extra sugar and energy can also mean weight gain. In addition to ample water, try iced green or white tea instead. Steep the tea before your workout, and let cool while you're exercising. When you return, pour the tea over a glass of ice and garnish with a slice of lemon..
Bottom line: stick to water as your number one source of hydration. Your body won't regret it!