Running has become an increasing popular sport. It’s a trend you cannot dismiss. Every time you open your social media website, you’re bound to see a picture of your friend preparing or participating in a run. Many big cities are changing towards becoming more run friendly, take Istanbul for instance, the coast “Sahil Yolu” has much wider pavements that offer much safer running routes. Tokyo even have run pits appearing where you can take a shower, change and lock up your valuables.
Running is a great sport because it improves physical, mental state of an individual and is also very effective in reducing stress along with blood pressure as it helps maintain the elasticity of arteries. Furthermore it can act as a great relaxation method for alleviating stress and unhealthy lifestyle, psychosomatic illnesses and other problems of modern life. Running is becoming more and more popular as it is one of the cheapest and most affordable forms of exercising. All you need is a pair of running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt. Endurance running if not excessive, strengthens the cardiovascular and respiratory system. People are getting more and more aware of health benefits of running because being healthy is becoming very important for a modern man.
As with every strenuous exercise, excessive sweating is definite. It is important for runners to replenish themselves with the fluid lost. Carbonated water seems like a great alternative for people who don’t like the taste of water, but who want to stay hydrated throughout the day. Many would question of the bubbly beverage is just as good for your body as the stuff that comes out of the faucet? Basically, yes. “Sparkling water can be just as hydrating as regular water,” according to Jennifer McDaniel, a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics. Carbonated or sparkling water is made by dissolving carbon dioxide in water, creating carbonic acid. This process just adds bubbles — it does not add sugar, calories, or caffeine.
In the two hours after a long run on a hot day, you need to consume 1.5 times the amount of water weight you lost during the run (weigh yourself before and after the run, without clothes to find this number of ounces). That means that if you lose two pounds (32 ounces) during the run, you need to drink 48 ounces of fluid.
Drinking a vast amount of water alone just doesn’t quite cut it at times. Therefore, isotonic drinks often complete the whole picture. A great alternative to store-bought isotonic drinks is to make your own without artificial flavours or ingredients. Most importantly, you could go sugar-less or even sugar-free! Adding a pinch of salt to homemade sparkling water definitely does the rehydration trick!
Don't forget that you also need calories and electrolytes after those long runs in order to recover and run again in the coming days.
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