Myth vs Fact
Myth: “I’m not thirsty when I get up in the morning, so I don’t need to drink anything before my morning workout.”
Fact: Even though you may not feel thirsty, you still need to consume fluids in the morning. When working out outside in the summer & early fall months, it is especially important to stay well-hydrated to avoid dehydration. Drinking 16-20 oz of fluid (about one bottle water or sports drink) 2-3 hours before you work out and about 5-10 oz fluid every 15-20 minutes during your workout will help you stay hydrated. Rely more on sports drinks during your summer workouts to help replenish the carbohydrate and electrolytes your body loses through sweat.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.