One unifying characteristic of aerobic exercise is the need to be properly hydrated. All that effort means you exhale a lot of water vapour as a cold day easily demonstrates. Couple that with a lot of sweat and all too soon – unless you are Elliot or JR – you need to take on fluids.
It’s not just fluid you are sweating out. Hard exercise means a lot of salts come out too – not just Sodium, but Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium and Chloride which together form the electrolytes that help your muscles work efficiently.
This is where High 5 Zero tablets come in. I have used these for years now to make my water intake more palatable and replace the electrolytes I am sweating out. Even at my modest level I can tell the difference; it encourages me to drink and subjectively makes a lot of difference to me post-ride, to stop the dreaded muscle cramps in tired legs.
I just drop a tablet into my water bottle where it soon dissolves.
The benefits to me are:
- I like the taste – my preference is Berry or Orange & Cherry but there’s Mango, Blackcurrant, Strawberry & Kiwi, Citrus, Tropical, Pink Grapefruit and even Neutral to choose from.
- There are zero calories and zero sugar in the tablets – so I get the electrolytic benefit without a calorie tax.
- The tablets pack small so can easily be popped in your bag if you need to top up your water on a long ride – I sometimes wrap a couple in cling film for an even smaller package.
I do have one criticism though, to do with the packaging.
Now I appreciate a product like this requires to be kept away from moisture until used so I understand why it comes in a plastic tube, but over the years I have thrown so many of these away. Fortunately I recently discovered the plastic tubes are fully recyclable.
You have to separate the label from the tube and the tube from the lid (and prize out the silica from behind the cardboard cap in the lid) but this is useful knowledge. Unfortunately, with space on the packaging at a premium there’s no mention of this on the tubes; I had no idea until I went looking.
Given all the above it’s hard not to recommend High 5 Zero tablets (buy on Wiggle) for hydration and electrolytic replenishment.
I find it really helps and if not there’s always cake.