When is the Best time to Hydrate?

There’s no doubt that runners are more efficient when charged with sports drink but when is the perfect time to drink? Eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty.¬† This study claims to support this statement¬† saying that drinking should be done at will.

British researchers had a small (nine) group of recreational runners do 10-mile time trials under three conditions: no drinking; sport drink available every two miles, with the runners told to drink as much or as little as they wanted; and sport drink available every two miles, with the runners told to drink a set amount.

The average best time was far superior in the second condition, when the runners drank only as much as they wanted. In that scenario, the average time was 71:14. That’s compared to an average time of 72:05 during the no-drink time trial and, more interestingly, an average time of 72:12 during the drink-how-much-we-tell-you trial.

Read the full article at Runner’s World.

 

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