We are always told to drink more water. But as fit, active people we can’t rely on water alone — even during the colder months. When we’re sweating, we lose electrolytes that must be replaced, or we risk becoming dehydrated. To help avoid the effects of dehydration (i.e. cramping, low energy, heat exhaustion), learn the what, when and how of electrolytes.
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Q: I have a hot 70.3 on my schedule. What do I need to know about hydration and fueling leading up to and on race day?
Brandon Marsh answers:
A: This is a common concern and a question we get often. First, it’s important to understand hydration and fueling needs are very dependent on the individual. However, there are a few universal “formulas” that can help you endure race day.
Is it possible to lose weight while training for a major endurance event? The calories in all of those gels and sports drinks add up!
Yes, it is possible to lose weight while training for a major endurance event. However, gels and sports drinks have quite a bit of calories so it’s best to know when to use them and when to eat more “real” foods. Consuming sports drinks and gels on a daily basis could cause some unwanted weight gain. I’m not saying that sports drinks and gels can’t be part of a healthy diet, but there is definitely a time and place for them.
Below are some helpful tips on how to best fuel our bodies to keep them lean and mean. (Disclaimer: I’m not a registered dietician but like most women, I tend to be conscience of “weighty” subjects!)
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