A group of experts claim that people’s weight loss goals can be achieved faster only if those people drank more water when they exercise. Plus, staying hydrated can unlock the full benefits of physical activity and put the brain on steroids.
Recent research shows that staying physically active into old age can have plenty of health benefits like lower risk of high blood pressure, a sharper mind, and reduced fatigue. However, pairing the fitness routine with plenty of water can lead to even more health benefits.
New research from a New England team shows that making sure that you stay hydrated during exercise can boost the cognitive benefits of workout.
The new research zoomed in on the effects of hydration before and after exercise on the brain function in older adults. Researchers explained that the elderly often don’t realize that they are thirsty.
Older People Often Don’t Realize They Are Thirsty
Researchers explained that people in the middle age and older are more likely to have a weak thirst perception, which ups the risk of being dehydrated. Also, a dehydrated brain is not in its optimal shape.
The study involved a group of older recreational cyclists who took part in a race on a warm summer day. Researchers asked participants to carry out an executive function test before and shortly after the race.
The executive functions of the brain include multitasking, the ability to recall things, and the skills needed to focus and plan. Physical activity has been often tied to a better executive function even in older athletes.
After the race, the group that drank plenty of water completed the test significantly faster than they did before the race. The dehydrated group completed the test faster too but the time reduction was not significant.
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