Refuel to recover, and it’s not just food. Replenishing your fluids is vital especially if you just completed a high intensity workout. After an hour of moderate exercise, the average workout warrior loses about one quart (4 cups) of fluid, which should be replaced for proper recovery.
Drinking plain water after a workout less than an hour long is great for rehydrating. If you are working out longer or sweat more, consider a sports drink with electrolytes.
Coconut water, or “Nature’s Sports Drink” is also a great recovery for moderate activity. It has five times the potassium of Gatorade, aiding in cramping and has all the electrolytes of a sports drink. However, Coconut water has 400mg/liter of sodium compared to the 600mg in Gatorade that replaces the sodium lost in sweat.
Depending on how much fluid you lose and the duration plus the intensity of your work out, choose the rehydrator that’s right for you. If you don’t know, go with H-2-O! It’s essential for your recovery.
Coconut water is a perfect recovery drink for High Intensity Pilates. For more on Nature’s Sports Drink check this out: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120820143902.htm