Cold versus warm fluids when exercising

Water ThirstI have heard several arguments for drinking cold or warm fluids while exercising. Many people believe that drinking cold water makes your body work harder to cool off the fluid. According to the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, cyclists who drank cold fluids finished a time trial in 90 degree heat two minutes faster than those who drinks were air temperature – equaling a 10 percent performance improvement! Though the study did not reference runners, one would think they would also see performance gains. Go ahead and put extra ice in those water bottles!

About Sarah Schultz

Sarah is a Licensed Athletic Trainer at Sports, Spine and Work Center. She provides Athletic Training services at Campbellsport High School and provides Industrial Services to the community through WorkSTEPS testing, the Work Hardening Program and doing ergonomic evaluations. She is an avid cyclist and barefoot runner. Sarah’s other interests include dynamic stretching, core strengthening, rehabilitation, muscle recovery techniques, and sports nutrition.

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