Tuesday, May 13

I was having a conversation with someone today about Gatorade, calories, hydration, etc. and it can all get a little confusing if you don't know what you are looking for. The problem is basically with the marketing, making us think we need something special to get hydrated. Gatorade touts electrolytes and makes us think the only way to get them is by drinking their product. The truth is that electrolytes are just salt. You do need some salt in your diet to help absorb water and keep you hydrated, but you don't need that salt to come from a sugar-filled drink. If you are really having problems staying hydrated you probably just aren't drinking enough water, but you may need to add some salt into your diet. An easy way to make sure you are absorbing water is to drink most of it with your meals during the day. Also remember that you should be hydrating all of the time and not just waiting until your workout to start drinking water. The water you drank 24 hours prior is going to make a bigger difference. A good general rule is to drink half of your body weight in ounces each day before exercise. If you workout for an hour you should add to that amount, especially now that the weather is warmer and we are sweating more. Don't get caught up in the marketing of these sports drinks. A little lemon and salt added to your water will get you everything you need. The sugary or chemical-filled drinks are just unnecessary calories that aren't doing you any favors. If you have questions about this please let us know. Now go drink a glass of water!

Workout for Tuesday, May 13 Weighted Pull Ups 5X5 Super Set with Max Effort Strict Ring Dips

For Time, 21-15-9 of: Wall Balls (20/14) Box Jump Overs (24/20) Hand Release Push Ups