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The Best Drinks for Runners

But drinking water all the time can get boring, and we know that sugary carbonated drinks are definitely not going to sit well on a big run, so what else can we drink that will hydrate us - maybe even benefit us on our runs – that is a little more exciting to drink?

Tea or Coffee

Although tea is a better choice than coffee both can still provide that little boost of caffeine to help aid our performance. Both contain antioxidants which are great for keeping us healthy and studies show that tea drinkers have lower BMI, waist size, and body fat percentage than those who don’t drink it.

A cup of tea or coffee about 45 mins before your run will give you a kick of energy. When we talk about coffee we aren’t talking about cream-and-sugar-laden double caramel latte Frappuccino’s with a top of whipped cream – stay away from those.

Isotonic Sports Drinks

Turns out they’re not just for a hangover. They contain electrolytes and carbs that facilitate water absorption to help energize you and avoid fatigue – perfect for long distances. Added sodium is also important to help your body retain crucial water.

Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk is actually a perfect cocktail of nutrients that help improve muscle protein production. A drink of chocolate milk after a long run or speedwork will help your muscles repair, recover and rebuild.

Cherry Juice or Beet Juice

This couple of effervescent juices are tailor made, by nature, for runners. They are packed to the brim with antioxidants that reduce inflammation and improve your recovery. Beet juice pre-run increases oxide production and improves blood flow so you can get the most out of your muscles.

You don’t have to stick with water when training for running events but remember: hydration is next to godliness during running events, so pick your poison, and keep running. 

3rd April 2018, 10:44
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