When drinking your water, both before and during your workout, the appropriate reaction should be:
“Brrrrr!!!! Baby is this cold!!!”
Shivering while you make this statement is completely optional – though it would add a nice, dramatic touch.
First of all, staying adequately hydrated when you are sweating it up is uber important. It is, essentially, the totally hip, happening thing to do (and you do want to be considered hip and happening, don’t you?).
Why is it the “in” thing? - you just might be asking. Well I am glad you inquired!
Guzzling some tasty water will help you perform at your peak while you are exercising.
And if you dare to think you can coast along without downing your H2O, well, think about this:
If you perspire enough to lose 2 or more percent of your bodyweight then you could experience a drop in blood volume. If that occurs, your already hard working heart will have to work even harder to pump blood through your body. The whole scenario is just not pretty, especially since this could possibly make you feel dizzy, crampy, and fatigued – ugh! Just so not pleasant at all!
But of course you’re probably wondering about the whole cold factor previously mentioned, aren’t you?
Well, according to some British researchers, drinking water that is icy, rather than lukewarm, will boost your endurance. These experts gave cyclists a chilled beverage both a half hour before, as well as during, a ride. The chilled up bikers were subsequently able to outride the warm water drinkers. They rode 23% longer. How cool is that?!?!
Of course, this tidbit will serve you best when the temps are soaring. But still, I always find that, regardless of old man weather, icy water always does help me kick things up a notch.
So drink up – and be cool about it!
Photos from flickr: Kees van Mansom and assbach