Chill your drinks! Research found in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism reveals that cold drinks reduce the chance of dehydration.
Chilling sports drinks or water in the fridge before training has been found to have a significant effect on hydration levels, according to recent research from the University of Sydney.
In the research, drinks were found to be more palatable when kept under a temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (71 degrees Fahrenheit), to the extent that the surveyed athletes consumed around 50% more than when presented with warmer drinks.
The result? A reduction in dehydration by 1.3% of body weight.
The conclusion was solid – cool drink temperatures significantly increased fluid palatability, leading to significant increases in fluid consumption and therefore hydration.
So next time you’re headed out for a run or a gym session, chill your drink in the fridge or add a few ice cubes.