Everyone Drink More Water but Outdoor Runners Especially

The last 2 weeks here have been incredibly hot. Temps in the high 90s with tons of humidity making it ‘feel like’ over 100 degrees most days… Yuck.

A little while ago on the Facebook page I linked to a post by Run Street about SummerRunning. She had some great tips I would like to expand on the water drinking hints today though.

  1. Drink, Drink, Drink– I’m not talking about when your running (that is next) I’m talking about all day every day.  Carry a reuseable bottle with you and keep if full. According to the Mayo Clinic Website, the 8×8 rule is not true in ‘temperate condidions’ Men should drink about 13-8 oz glasses and women 9-8oz glasses. However that is just  a normal day, not incuding exercise or excess heat!
  2. Drink more and smarter when exercising. According to the same website as above light to moderate exercising should increase your water consumption 1.5-2.5 glasses per day depending on your sweat output. Vigiorus workouts well, drink a lot! But in my personal (non-medical) opinion drink smarter. During long runs (1.5 hrs or longer for me) or in heat above 80 or humidity above 70% I think you should add a little power to your water. Personaly I like Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz Tabs over sports drinks.

Endurolytes Fizz - Effervescent Electrolyte Replenishment


Here is why, look how much better the ingredients are!!! Plus they cost about .39 cents per serving vs $1.00 for a sports drink on sale. That is the full price for the Endurolytes Tubes if you buy 3+ the price goes down.

Endurolytes Fizz Grape
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 tablet (4.5g)
  Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 10  
Total Carbohydrate <1g <1%
Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) 13mg 650%
Calcium (as Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Chloride) 100mg 10%
Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide) 50mg 13%
Manganese (as Manganese Gluconate) 3mg 150%
Chloride (as Calcium Chloride) 60mg 2%
Sodium (as Sodium Bicarbonate) 200mg 8%
Potassium (as Potassium Bicarbonate) 100mg 3%
Tyrosine (as L-Tyrosine) 100mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Other Ingredients: Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Sorbitol, Stevia, Wheat Germ Oil

I know what each of those ingredients are plus they use Stevia instead of High Fructose Corn unlike this list (taken right from the Coca-Cola Website)

Nutrition Facts

  1. Serving Size 8 fl oz (240 mL)
  2. Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving

  1. Calories 50
% Daily Value*
  1. Total Fat 0g 0%
  2. Sodium 100mg 4%
  3. Potassium 25mg 1%
  4. Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
  5. Sugars 14g
  6. Protein 0g
  1. Vitamin B3 10%
  2. Vitamin B6 10%
  3. Vitamin B12 10%
  4. Magnesium t

Not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Less than 0.5% of: Citric Acid,Natural Flavors, Salt and Potassium Citrate and Magnesium Chloride andCalcium Chloride and Potassium Phosphate (electrolyte sources), Modified Food Starch, Glycerol Ester of Rosin, Medium Chain Triglycerides (contains coconut oil), Brominated Vegetable Oil, Vitamin B3 (niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), Vitamin B12, Red #40


Yikes… So yeah that is why I’ve switched, $$ and nutritional value. Plus I’ve noticed a difference, in fact Mac who is a die-hard Power aid drinker has even switched over.  If your interested in ordering comment below and I’ll let you know a way to save 15% on your first order through my referral! PS if you want a regular sports drink they do have Heed.

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