Think Twice Before Sipping Your Pre-Workout Beverage

Stay hydrated but avoid these beverages before getting on the treadmill, lifting your weights, or hitting the gym.
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When you’re getting ready for your workout, it’s important to consider what you take into your body. Some beverages may have detrimental effects on you and your body which may prevent you from performing optimally during your workout and from your getting the best results.

You’re likely going to be sweating a lot during your workout. Remaining hydrated is critical to your muscles being in prime operating condition. It’s recommended to drink 20 ounces of water two hours before a workout, another eight ounces during warm-up, and an additional eight ounces every 10 to 20 minutes depending on the amount of sweat pouring off your body.

Stay hydrated but avoid these beverages before getting on the treadmill, lifting your weights, or hitting the gym.

Milk-Based Energy Drinks

Milk contains protein, carbohydrates, and fat which take longer to digest. Instead try whey protein packets mixed with water. This will allow you the benefits of protein, minus the fat and the longer digestion time.

Sugary Fruit Drinks

Most fruity drinks have high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a manmade sweetener that’s been shown to be very unhealthy. As an alternative add some natural flavoring to your water such as fresh berries, citrus, mint, or basil. Another option would be coconut water.


Okay, you probably already could assume downing some alcohol before your workout is a horrible idea. Alcohol is dehydrating, inflammatory, and negatively impacts balance.

Carbonated Beverages

Who wants to feel bloated and risk abdominal pain while they’re working out. Fizzy drinks like soda or even seltzer can cause you discomfort. These types of drinks also contain sodium which can lead to dehydration. As an alternative try an ice-cold green tea beverage.

Sports Drinks

Some of the marketing efforts for drinks like Vitamin Water and Gatorade may be a little confusing as you determine when to drink them. Most sports drinks are laden with sugar, which is a no-no for your pre-workout hydration. While some of these drinks contain some beneficial elements such as electrolytes and vitamins, the significant amounts of sugar could lead to a crash sometime during your workout. As an alternative try some additive-free tomato juice which has potassium and natural sugars.

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