Watermelons, more than just a summer treat? The answer is yes! Packed with vitamins like A, B6 and C, watermelons make an excellent partner for your workout. Surprisingly, the amount of electrolytes in watermelon surpasses the amount of electrolytes in other sport drinks. With approximately 40 calories per cup, this water filled fruit is a great alternative to rehydration sources. Despite being a delicious fruit used to cool down, watermelons are proven to be incredibly beneficial.
Completing rigorous workouts often result in muscle soreness. This can last up to 24 to 48 hours after you exercise. However, having the proper hydration prior and during your workout is proven to prevent onset of muscle soreness. Watermelons possess high levels of lycopene and the amino acids L-Citrulline and L-Arginine. These useful traits contribute to their post recovery factor. Lycopene is a powerful anti-inflammatory helping alleviate swelling in the fascia layers of the muscle. L-Citrulline and L-Arginine help aid in circulation and nutrient uptake in the body. For years these amino acids were used in the fitness community to prevent fatigue. If you want less soreness and increased blood circulation, supplement your workout with watermelons!
Fortunately, natural hydration companies have taken this valuable fruit and transformed it into a juice for on the go. One of my favorite go-to watermelon juices is a natural cold pressed drink called WTRMLN WTR. It has more potassium than coconut water and less sugar than an apple. There’s also no added sugar and tastes delicious! WTRMLN WTR is produced with watermelon rind and a hint of organic lemon. This nutritious and tasty drink is great for your body at any time of the day.
Popular in households during the summer, watermelons are considered a great fruit to stay cool. The benefits of these yummy fruits exceed most fitness lovers’ expectations. Stay hydrated and less fatigued this summer by grabbing some watermelon today!
Catherine Gibbons, a popular face in Lucille Robert’s clubs, is a nationally certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She holds certifications in advanced BLS CPR/AED and is a Certified Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist. Her training style of integrated corrective exercise, functional training and athletic performance training make her a versatile fitness professional. With a strong education in health and fitness and an energetic coach in the gym, Catherine believes in educating her classes and clients while having effortless fun.