Fort Collins hit a new record recently ~ a 100 degree day and when you’re a year-round bike commuter, you can’t avoid the elements. Extreme temps causes more strain on your body and it’s all the more important you remain hydrated and help your body deal with the additional stress.
So what can you do to help you stay hydrated while helping your body recover from strenuous activity? Dr. Rick Morgan, Team Doctor for the professional cycling team Cannondale Drapac, shared a few tips on what Cannondale’s pro cycling team members do to promote healing and hydration during races.
- Drink (lots of) water – while this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s frequently overlooked by the casual bike riding crowd. Start drinking water before your ride, throughout your ride, and in the evening before bed.
- Pineapple juice + water in the morning – According to one study, pineapple can be useful in the treatment of sports injuries. Pineapple is packed with the enzyme bromelain and the antioxidant vitamin C, both of which plays a role in the body’s healing process. Adding a little bit of this to your water provides a rich source of some of the lesser known micronutrients that your body needs.
- Cherry juice + water in the evening – a good night’s sleep is critical for the healing and recovery process when your body is strained. Cherry juice is loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, quercetin, phenolics, and special flavonoids called anthocyanins. However, it’s the melatonin content in cherry juice that helps promote sleep.
If you drink like a pro you’ll be more alert and that translates to enhanced safety while on your casual ride or commute.