Sweating during exercise can be extremely beneficial. Sweat contains a range of important electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium (Mountain, 2010). It also contributes to the removal of heat from the body. When you sweat, it is your body’s way of cooling itself down so that it doesn’t overheat and get sick or collapse from too much activity! Your body needs electrolytes for this purpose; when you sweat, your blood becomes enriched with these minerals and fluids in order to maintain homeostasis (normal temperature). This is why if you don’t replace what was lost through sweating while exercising then you will become dehydrated. The loss of fluids should not stop just because we are having fun playing sports or going on adventures! We need water throughout the day whether we work out or not.
What should I do after my workout?
Try drinking an electrolyte-rich drink like Gatorade to replenish nutrients lost through sweating/dehydration. Try eating a high carbohydrate snack within 30 minutes post-workout to help replenish glycogen stores. Another great option would be a cup o’ tea /coffee – anything caffeinated which increases energy levels will aid in recovery!
Chapter 3: Nutrition Basics
In this chapter we will cover how food fits into our training plan but also discuss dieting in general because nutrition plays such an integral role in health and fitness goals achieved both at home and away from