Key Tips for Staying Hydrated

Presented by the Unite for HER 5K Hydration Sponsor: Core BTS

Our Virtual 5K Event is approaching! One of the most important things to remember as you prepare for your run or walk is to stay hydrated. This will help to regulate your body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. Here are some tips to stay hydrated as you go the distance for HER! 

1. Start hydrating 1-2 days before your run or walk. On the day of, be sure to get plenty of water in your system 2-3 hours before you begin. Allow your body time to absorb the water – chugging a large amount right before your race can lead to stomach pain or discomfort. 

2. Hydrate through food! Many fruits and veggies can be a great source of hydration. Leading up to your race, try snacking on foods with high water content, like cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, grapes and greens. Aim for a variety of these to receive as many nutrients as possible. 

 

3. Need something more flavorful than water? In addition to drinking plain water, coconut water is more flavorful and includes benefits of potassium, carbohydrates, and sodium. It offers a great way to retain fluids during workouts. Broths, soups and teas also provide hydration while packing in other nutrients and antioxidants. Adding some citrus or herbs to your plain water can also be a quick and simple way to enjoy hydrating! 

 

Post Race  

Congratulations on going the distance for HER! Once you’ve completed your race, don’t forget to rehydrate and rest to help your body’s recovery. 

 

The Unite for HER Virtual 5K is September 20-25, 2021. Go the distance to support breast and ovarian cancer patients of the Unite for HER Wellness Program. Tag @Unite4HER in your 5K selfies and share who inspires you to go the distance! 
 

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