Rehydrating during and after exercise is important. But what should choose — water or a sports drink

According to before you reach for one or the other consider these facts:

Water works. Proper hydration is one of the most important ways to protect the body before, during, and after exercise. You should regularly drink plenty of water, especially when you plan to get in a good workout. Water is the best thing for your body, so make sure you get enough.

Sports drinks? Consider the exercise. Most people (workouts of less than an hour) don’t need sports drinks to replace electrolytes lost during exercise, because generally they don’t work out hard enough to require it. But people who perform certain exercises — those who do a lot of heavy weightlifting or who are running long distances, for example — might benefit from sports drinks Sports drinks can help replenish electrolytes and the sugar they contain can also an energy boost.

One downside sports drinks contain calories that can add up quickly.