Keeping well hydrated on the bike is key to good cycling performance. Here at Brevet we recommend nuun tablets to keep you hydrated properly.
Mike Aunger from Technique Physio gives us the lowdown on some simple bike hydration tips will help you avoid dehydration.
Signs of Dehydration
- Dry mouth
- Being irritable or cranky
- Seeming bored or disinterested
- Excessive fatigue
- Slowing down
Bike Hydration Tips
1. Watch each other for signs of dehydration
It is very easy to get carried away on a ride and forget to drink enough. Keep an eye out on your mates and actively remind people to drink. If you see signs of dehydration ask people if they are drinking enough.
2. Set an alarm for drinking and eating
It’s easy to set an alarm on your watch or bike computer to go off every 30 minutes to remind you to take on energy gels, bars or food and wash them down with water.
3. Drink when you feel good not when you feel bad
Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Every time you feel good, admire a nice view or change onto a new road form a habit of taking a sip. Drink little and often to keep well hydrated.
How to Prevent Leg Cramps When Cycling
High temperatures, little cloud cover and long rides can also bring with them the risk of the heat exhaustion and heat cramps. To learn more about how to spot the signs and avoid heat exhaustion and heat cramps check out this guide on How to Prevent Leg Cramps When Cycling.
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