Article by Tim Leeming. Exercise Nutritionist. BAppSci (Hons)
Hydration in exercise; we’ve been doing it all wrong! Have you ever heard the phrase “if you’re thirsty, it’s too late”? Sure you have, it has been the bottom line of advice for race hydration since the 80s! Sports nutritionists have been preaching to athletes of all ages and abilities that they should stay ahead of thirst. Wretchedly, this advice is not only erroneous, but can be dangerous in some situations. Why and how have we had it so wrong?
An excerpt from Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career.
We are obsessed with water. Just take a look around you: bottled water is the new craze. Our culture has seen hydration move from a biological necessity driven by internal biological signals to a fashion trend. Everyone is drinking. Why?