A new year usually means a renewed vigour to hit the gym or generally get into shape. Resolutions are made, gym memberships signed, and various exercise apparel are purchased – all in the name of creating a ‘new you’. If you want to continue that trend for longer than a month however, you will need more than the right attitude and a gym membership. You’ll also need a simple secret weapon… water. Water is crucial to any workout routine. Don’t buy into all the marketing from the energy drink providers, which shows athletes powering up like a videogame character after a swig of TurboAid Cola Blue (or some other such energy drink with a name positively dripping with hyperbole). Let’s face it, unless you’re looking to do a really intensive workout akin to a sports person, you will find water far more effective for your workouts. If your new exercise routine revolves around cycling to work, you will often find your bike will come with a water bottle holder. If not, you’ll easily be able to find one from a sports or cycling store. All you need to do then is make sure you top up the bottle of water before you leave to work, and top it up again at the water cooler at work before you head off back home. Many people will take to hitting the swimming pool rather than the gym. The important thing to remember if you’re an avid swimmer is that just because you’ve immersed yourself in water, you will still need to bring plenty of H 2O too!
Instead of a sports drink, simply opt for a bottle of cool and clear water. A simple pinch of sugar and salt will have you sorted, creating a drink that’ll help rebalance your electrolytes and other vital components required for a healthy workout. You’ll soon be well on your way to the ‘new’ you.