Bikes Palm Beach offers the largest selection of Hydration & Nutrition supplies in the area. Stop by to browse our Wall of Nutrition. Our knowledgeable staff will help you select the right products to power your workouts.
Proper hydration and nutrition are essential to help you perform at your best during physical activity. It is critical to your workout to plan what you eat and drink before, during, and after physical activity. Optimal nutrition and hydration can make a significant difference to your performance.
Benefits of Maintaining Proper Hydration
Problems related to the hydration of cyclists and athletes is pretty common. Although there is growing awareness around the importance of proper hydration, we see people struggling everyday with maintaining the proper water-electrolyte balance before, during, and after physical activity.
Taking fluids during exercise helps the body to function properly and removes the risk of dehydration, which increases with the time of activity – especially here in South Florida.
The most important benefits of hydration during exercise are maintaining proper oxygen transport. Additional benefits include:
- Efficient transport of energy substrates to the muscles
- Maintaining adequate blood flow
- Removal of emerging metabolites from muscles, including lactic acid
- Ensuring thermo-regulation by secretion of sweat
- Maintaining nervous system efficiency in pulse conductivity
- Maintaining adequate air humidification and lung ventilation
- Reducing the risk of injury or illness
Though the needs may vary for each athlete, a good rule of thumb is to drink 8oz of water every 15 minutes during physical activity with ample hydration before and after each workout. For intense activities lasting longer than one hour, athletes should consume roughly 30-60 grams of carbohydrates every 40 minutes of activity.
Our staff has knowledge and personal experience using the hydration and nutrition offered in our store. Let us know if you have any questions about your specific needs and training goals.