Tired of lugging a jug of water with you every time you hit the gym? It's certainly important to stay hydrated during tough workouts or long practices, but drinking quarts of water every day can become irksome.
Fortunately, fruits and vegetables can supply much of the water athletes need. A study at the University of Aberdeen Medical School found that water-rich fruits and vegetables do a better job of hydrating the body than water, and even most sports drinks, because they also provide healthy doses of vitamins, minerals, sugars and amino acids.
Fruits and vegetables offer an additional benefit to athletes trying to trim down. Since much of their mass comes from water, they help you feel full longer and lose weight quicker.
Next time you go to the gym, try eating your fluid intake by consuming one of these fruits or vegetables after you work out:
Celery – 96 percent water
A stalk of celery may not seem to have much nutritional value, but it actually provides the body with plenty of magnesium, potassium and sodium, helping you recover from a tough workout.
Lettuce – 95 percent water
OK, you wouldn't take a break from Leg Presses to snack on a head of lettuce, but many athletes opt for a salad after workouts to help themselves recover quicker.
Watermelon – 92 percent water
Due to its unique combination of natural sugars, salts and minerals, watermelon was at the top of the University of Aberdeen Medical School's list of quick-hydrating snacks.
Grapefruit – 91 percent water
A recent study by the Scripps Clinic in California found that grapefruit aids weight loss by lowering insulin levels and curbing hunger.
Orange – 87 percent water
Oranges are a halftime staple for good reason. Not only are they loaded with water, they also contain more than 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C.
Other fruits and vegetables with high water content include carrots, broccoli, apples, strawberries and pears. Pack a couple of these delicious fruits next time you work out and see for yourself how quickly they help you recover.
Sources: Shape.com, WebMD.com
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