Hydrating before a workout is extremely important, but what you drink really makes a difference. According to Columbia University, you should be drinking 20 ounces of water 2 hours prior to a workout, another 8 ounces during your warm-up, and an additional 8 ounces every 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how much you’re sweating. So make sure you’re drinking the right stuff!
Here are a few beverages to avoid before you hit the gym.
Yes, this may seem fairly obvious as very few people probably prepare for a workout with a few drinks. However, what you may not realize is that drinking alcohol many hours before a workout is still a bad idea. Alcohol is super dehydrating and has a negative impact on your balance. So just don’t do it.
2. Sports Drinks
Although their marketing departments would tell you differently, most sports drinks are terrible for consuming before a good workout. They’re generally full of sugar and have very little nutritional value. So while you may experience a small boost of energy right after drinking one, you’ll definitely crash later.
3. Milk-Based Energy Drinks
If you’re going to enjoy a dairy-ish beverage, it’s best to do so after your workout. Dairy contains protein, fat and carbohydrates, meaning it takes a long time to digest. It would be better to mix a protein powder with filtered water before you begin your workout.