kingomegared wrote:my drill sargent used to always say "drink water"
I always say that one of the few things that has stuck with me most from military training was water consumption. Training in 95 degree heat everyday, the SI's were absolutely inflexible when it came to keeping your canteen as full as possible as often as possible (not to mention the way we held it and the way we drank from it ). I still have no problem drinking 8 or more 12 oz glasses of water a day (I don't think I could stop if I wanted to).
That being said, I've also discovered the benefits of coconut water. Here is a study that concludes that coconut water is "as good as" a sports drink for post exercise re-hydration. What it doesn't consider is how many sports drinks are absolute garbage and what coconut water can offer that sports drinks cant, like potassium and better "fluid tolerance."
If you haven't tried coconut water, I recommend it. I drink 12 oz during and 12 after every non-resistance based exercise session.