Month: February 2017

Tea: A Mountain Athlete’s Secret Weapon

What if I told you staying properly hydrated could improve your athletic performance? You probably already knew that. Did you know exercise performance is impaired when an individual is dehydrated by as little as 2% of their body weight? Endurance athletes aren’t the only ones who should be concerned about their hydration levels either (yes, I’m talking to you, boulderers and sport climbers!). Your capacity to perform high-intensity exercise is reduced by as much as 45% by prior dehydration, meaning staying hydrated in the days leading up to your big red-point is just as important as how you’re hydrating in between burns. Now, what if I told you there is a drink that can help keep you hydrated while increasing your endurance capacity, aiding in recovery, and reducing inflammation? I’m talking about tea! Tea is the world’s second most widely consumed beverage (with water coming in at number one). Legend has it the Emperor of China first discovered it in 2737 BC, while boiling water under a tree. A leaf fell from the tree, floated down …