Drinking is one of our most basic and essential functions, but when and what should we be drinking when we exercise?
Optimising fluid balance in athletes is considered to be an important part of maintaining performance and avoiding the deleterious effects of under- and over-hydration. So it is perhaps surprising to note the widely conflicting and varied opinions on how best to replace fluids during exercise. Professional and elite athletes may have coaches and sports science teams that monitor their hydration status and provide guidance. However, recreational and amateur athletes, who represent a much larger group, obtain their information about fluid and electrolyte replacement from a variety of sources, including sports drink manufacturers. For some individuals, hydration may not be an aspect of training or performance that has been considered at all.
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