Exercising puts extra strain on your body (obviously) so you want to make sure you’re drinking and eating the proper things. What you drink before and after a workout can seriously impact your routine. With that in mind, here’s a look at what you should be drinking before and after exercising.
Water: This may be obvious, but a lot of people (myself included) often forget to drink the proper amount of water throughout the day. You should drink about 20 ounces of water one to two hours before a workout. This way your body will be fully hydrated, and if you’re hydrated you are less prone to injury and you will maintain a normal body temperature.
Coffee: If you have 12 ounces of coffee before a workout, you will give yourself a jolt of energy and it will also boost your endurance.
Coconut water: Coco water is naturally filled with magnesium, potassium and sodium. Instead of pumping your body with sugary sports drinks, grab a bottle of coconut water!
Tomato juice: When you exercise, you sweat out a lot of electrolytes. Again, instead of replacing electrolytes with a sugary sports drink, reach for a glass of tomato juice. It’s filled with potassium and sodium. Tomato juice is a great alternative for anyone who doesn’t like the taste of coconut water!
Ginger: Most workouts are going to leave your muscles sore. Ginger root is an anti-inflammatory so it helps with post-workout aches and pains.