With Chinese New Year just around the corner, and lots of delicious CNY goodies lying in wait on the dining table, you may be surprised to know that exercising just before eating could help curb your appetite – or at least that is what a British study published in the journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, has claimed.
While that may not be necessarily true for everyone, exercising is still a good way for keeping fit, and a great opportunity for socialising with one another.
When exercising, it is especially important to stay hydrated – and here are 3 tips to help achieve that.
- Water is the best choice of drink when the body experiences fluid loss. Drink plenty of water before and during exercise, even when you’re not feeling thirsty, as mild thirst is already a sign of impending dehydration.Roughly 70% of an adult’s body is made up of water, and when you’re well hydrated, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard pumping blood to the muscles.
- Eat your water. Certain foods are at least 90% water by weight, and can help you stay hydrated. These include cucumbers, strawberries, and watermelons – which are also great post-workout recovery snacks. In addition to being plenty hydrating, watermelons are also one of the richest sources of lycopene – a cancer-fighting antioxidant. Very tasty too!
- For those of you who prefer going through a more intense workout, you may consider coconut water as a potentially effective substitute for sports drinks. It contains electrolytes that can help replace the minerals that we lose when we sweat.
With that said, happy exercising and drink up!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Chinese New Year ahead!
By Vivian Tan
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