Drinking to Thirst or Following a Fixed Plan?

Drinking to Thirst or Following a Fixed Plan?

Triathletes and runners shouldn’t worry about following ‘drinking to thirst’ rule when taking on fluids. The best is to drink when you feel like to.

In tests as to whether thirst or following a fixed plan is best for rehydration, University of Connecticut specialists discovered that drinking whenever and in whatever volume desired resulted in similar physiological and perceptual outcomes to drinking only when thirsty.

After testing female and male athletes over ultra-endurance distances, researchers concluded that drinking freely allows competitors to concentrate on training and competition rather than being distracted by ongoing evaluation of thirst sensations.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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