Why You Should Start Eating Watermelon After A Long Workout

It's hot out there, folks! During the summer months, it's tempting to stay inside an air-conditioned building and wait for the sun to head toward the horizon, but what fun is that? There are beach days, camping trips, and BBQs to tend to! Plus, don't forget those very important workouts. Since there's no practical way to be a hermit until the fall, being active on a hot day is unavoidable.

Whether your summer exercise routine takes you to a gym with A/C, a local pool, or out on your local walking and hiking trails, hydration is the key to staying healthy and getting the most out of your workout. According to the National Library of Medicine, we lose not only electrolytes when sweating but also Vitamin C, potassium, and calcium. While many will lean on sports drinks to replace these nutrients, others will shy away from the large amounts of carbs, sugar, and salt they contain (per Healthline).

If you're looking for a more natural way to bounce back after breaking a sweat, there is good news for you!

The name's melon...watermelon

Shakespeare once wrote, "What's in a name?" but when it comes to watermelon, the name carries a lot of meaning. According to NBC News, watermelon is 92% water, so it's not only aiding in replenishing the nutrients lost when sweating, but you're consuming water while eating it. As a bonus, NBC notes that watermelon has an amino acid called L-citrulline that aids in reducing muscle soreness after physical activity. The benefits don't stop there.

Watermelon is not only delicious but nutritious. Per the US Department of Agriculture, it contains 45 calories in a one-cup serving, 11.5 grams of carbs, and 9.4 grams of natural sugars. In addition to that, it also contains valuable nutrients lost while sweating, like the aforementioned potassium, calcium, and Vitamin C. The 1.52 grams of sodium per serving will also help replace the necessary electrolytes you lose while working out.

With all these benefits, who could say no to some delicious watermelon this summer? And if you're looking to get creative beyond eating it cubed or sliced, here are some fun creative watermelon recipes to try. Happy summer, and stay cool out there!