Hydration May Be Key To A Beneficial Workout

If you don’t have a good water bottle you may want to invest in one. A new study finds middle-age and older adults need to be well hydrated in order to get the mental health benefits associated with working out. Researchers had recreational bicyclists, average age 55, take part in a cycling event on a warm day. Participants were divided into two groups; dehydrated and normal hydration. The participants also took a thinking skills test before and after their ride, and the normal hydration group completed the test much faster after the ride than before, while those in the dehydration group did not show as much improvement. Researchers write, “This suggests that older adults should adopt adequate drinking behaviors to reduce cognitive fatigue and potentially enhance the cognitive benefits of regular exercise participation.”