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April 5, 2016

How To Hydrate for Barre, Hot Yoga and Pilates

Staying properly hydrated before, during and after a workout is essential to your body’s health and the success of your workout. There’s a trio of workout classes that will leave your muscles burning and your body toned and sculpted: barre, hot yoga and Pilates. It’s important to stay just as hydrated for these three exercises as it is to hydrate for any other physical activity. Find out more about these low-impact, intense workouts and how to hydrate for them:

How To Hydrate For Barre
Barre is a fun, low-impact ballet-inspired workout class, which takes elements from discipline-based workouts like yoga, Pilates and dance. The workout relies heavily on small, tedious movements performed at a ballet barre, which balances and steadies the body during the isometric strength training moves. Small hand weights and yoga mats are also used in barre class to intensify the burn. Barre’s benefits include muscle definition, body sculpting, better posture and increased flexibility. Correct form and posture are two of the most important elements of barre, as to avoid muscle strain and injury, and produce the best results possible.

Although barre’s movements are small and the impact is low, your thirst levels will be high! It’s imperative to drink water throughout the day, putting an emphasis on drinking extra water before class. If your body doesn’t have enough water stored up before your workout, you may find yourself struggling through class. Be sure to bring bottled water with you. Replacing the fluids you lost during class will help your sore muscles heal quicker – your body will thank you later!

How To Hydrate For Hot Yoga
Prepare to sweat like you’ve never sweat before! Hot yoga, or Bikram yoga, is an intensified form of yoga that takes place in a studio heated at 105°F, with 40% humidity. The classes usually last 60 to 90 minutes, and include 26 individual yoga poses. Sounds intense, right? Each yoga position is held for long periods of time, which requires strong muscle control. Between the forceful positions and heated, humid room, hot yoga aims to tire the body’s muscles and elevate the heart rate.

Similar to any other low or high impact exercises, it’s important to stay hydrated before, during and after hot yoga. Your body will start to respond much better to the heat if you’re properly hydrated. You can lose an estimated 50 ounces of water during a hot yoga workout. Since the recommended daily intake of water is eight, 8-ounce glasses of water, or 64 ounces, it’s suggested you drink double the recommended daily value on days you partake in hot yoga. If precisely calculating how many ounces of water you’ll need to consume is more your speed, check out Gatorade’s fluid loss calculator.

How To Hydrate For Pilates
Similar to yoga, Pilates creates strength, flexibility and good posture, all while focusing on your core and mental strength. Pilates is a workout designed to create a sleek, tones body while also building strength without the bulk. Hyper-awareness of each body part is required during Pilates, and correct form is strongly emphasized during each move and position.

Aim to drink eight ounces of water 30 minutes before and after Pilates class. Drinking water after class will help your body and muscles rehydrate and run smoother. Like barre and hot yoga, staying hydrated during Pilates will help your body react well to the intense class. Always bring a water bottle with you so you can stay hydrated throughout your workout, should you start to feel dehydrated. Drinking electrolyte water, like Absopure Plus, will help you stay refreshed, refueled and hydrated.

Have you tried barre, hot yoga or Pilates? Comment and tell us how you stayed properly hydrated.