Now that January is upon us, many of us will be hitting the gym with the aim of getting “healthier”, “fitter” or “shredding some Christmas weight”. But fuelling our workouts so that they can be most effective is key to any goals you may have. Making sure that you fuel your body with the right foods and nutrients after a work out will help you achieve long-term goals and limit the onset of sugar and energy crashes that may follow from eating a poor meal or skipping a meal after a workout session.
Water is a vital part of our daily diet and contributes to every organ and function in our bodies. It is an element that makes up to 60-70% of our total body weight, and yet is often overlooked and taken for granted. Staying well hydrated is one of our body’s basic needs and for those who perform rigorous workouts or are frequent runners, hydration is essential.
Dehydration of as little as 1% body weight is enough to reduce endurance, strength and cognitive performance!