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Why Beer Doesn’t Make a Good Sports Drink

Maybe it’s obvious to you. But wishful thinking can be a powerful force for distortion. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to think that tossing down a bottle of beer after a sweaty workout was actually the healthy thing to do?

IMG_0614And some people have claimed just that, notably an article in the Telegraph newspaper.

In a rare piece of good news for those who like a pint, Spanish researchers say beer can help someone who is dehydrated retain liquid better than water.

Prof Manuel Garzon, of Granada University, also claimed the bubbles in beer help to quench the thirst and that its carbohydrate content can help to replace lost calories.

Such reports have encouraged athletes to try quenching their thirst with beer, Luis Fernando Aragón-Vargas, told me.  I met  Aragón-Vargas at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting a couple of months ago. He is a professor of human movement science at the University of Costa Rica and was Continue reading Why Beer Doesn’t Make a Good Sports Drink

Exercise in the Heat without Injury

Photo by Ian Robertson
Photo by Ian Robertson
Northern California is setting heat records this week, and hot weather is on its way to the rest of the country. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise, but be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Consider moving your workout to the evening or early morning. Rest and cool down if you start to feel uncomfortable. If you are working out in a hot place — or with someone else who is — be alert to these more serious signs from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Red Cross.

Heat Cramps:

Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms that result from overheating. They usually occur in the legs and abdomen.

Heat Exhaustion:

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