MH VIRTUAL RUN: What To Drink Before And After Runs

  • Tea vs Coffee
    1 / 5 Tea vs Coffee

    Aside from providing a performance-boosting caffeine jolt, both drinks are rich in antioxidants. Studies show that tea drinkers have a lower BMI, waist size and body fat percentage than those who don’t drink it.

    Regular coffee consumption may stave off diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s disease.

    WHEN TO DRINK: Drink a cup of tea or coffee 45 minutes before a run for an energising boost.

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  • Water vs Sports Drink
    2 / 5 Water vs Sports Drink

    Pure, simple and calorie-free, water should be your go-to choice for hydration. But when you’re running long and feeling drained, sports drinks are ideal.

    They contain electrolytes and carbs that facilitate water absorption and help prevent fatigue. The added sodium helps your body hold onto fluid and prompts you to drink.

    WHEN TO DRINK: Water is great anytime. Use sports drinks on runs 60 minutes or longer. For short runs, try swishing sports drink in your mouth, then spit it out. This may boost performance without adding calories.

    Related: MH VIRTUAL RUN: How To Prevent Dehydration

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  • Chocolate Milk vs Wine vs Beer
    3 / 5 Chocolate Milk vs Wine vs Beer

    Okay, maybe alcohol shouldn’t top the list, but wine and beer do supply beneficial phytonutrients.

    Save the post-race toast for after you’ve recovered, and opt for chocolate milk instead. It has a nutrient mix that leads to better muscle-protein production than carb-only drinks.

    WHEN TO DRINK: Mix up choco milk after long runs or speedwork. Stick to (at most) one or two alcoholic drinks per day.

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  • Tart Cherry Juice vs Beet Juice
    4 / 5 Tart Cherry Juice vs Beet Juice

    These vibrant juices are made for runners. Tart cherry juice packs antioxidants that reduce inflammation and improve recovery.

    Drinking beet juice pre-run can increase nitric oxide production and improve blood flow, allowing muscles to perform more efficiently.

    WHEN TO DRINK: Drink either juice once or twice a day during periods of hard training, or try two cups of beet juice 90 minutes before an intense run.

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  • Coconut Water vs Maple Water
    5 / 5 Coconut Water vs Maple Water

    Trendy coconut water has slightly fewer carbs than sports drinks. Maple water (the unreduced watery sap from maple trees) is less well known. It’s mildly sweet, with just 15 calories (and some minerals) per 240ml serving.

    To make maple water, combine 3½ cups of cold water, ¼ cup of orange juice, ¼ cup of pure maple syrup, 2 tablespoon of lime juice and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Mix thoroughly.

    WHEN TO DRINK: Refuel with coconut water post-run. Try maple water on shorter runs.

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