Staying hydrated is an essential component of living a healthy lifestyle, especially when you add exercise to the mix. Whether you’re running outdoors, lifting weights in the gym, or taking group fitness classes, it is important to replenish the fluids your body loses as you sweat.
Sipping some form of liquid before, during, and after your workout is one of the best ways to enhance your training and keep you feeling strong—but drinking enough to sufficiently replenish lost fluids can feel like a chore.
Gym-goers seeking a fun and flavorful alternative to water should consider iced tea. With hundreds of available flavors and varietals, tea is a feel-good refreshment that makes it easy to stay properly hydrated.
Additionally, because many teas contain a moderate amount of caffeine, it is the perfect all-natural replacement to coffee and supplements like creatine. Keep reading for everything you need to know about fueling your workout and achieving all-day hydration with tea.
Best Teas for Before Your Workout
Before hitting the gym, it is important to get into a positive headspace so you can approach your workout with enthusiasm and vigor. But oftentimes, the simple act of getting into that mindset is the hardest part of completing a workout.
Sipping an energizing tea before beginning your workout will not only ensure that your body is properly hydrated, but will also help elevate your energy levels to set you up for success.
Black tea is an excellent choice for gym-goers who want to the benefits of caffeine (like increased mental clarity and improved mood)* without the jitters caused by coffee, creatine and other supplements. On average, a six-ounce cup of black tea has about 50 milligrams of caffeine—less than half the amount in a standard cup of brewed coffee.
Try green tea for an even gentler energy boost. It contains 20-30 milligrams of caffeine per serving, or roughly one-fourth of the amount found in a similar-sized cup of coffee.
The Republic of Tea has also crafted several herbal tea blends that are perfect for sipping before your workout:
Get Burning® – Herb Tea for Metabolism is a spicy, energizing* elixir that features a green rooibos base and a blend of warming spices (such as ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves and chili peppers). We have also added cordyceps and holy basil, two long-revered herbs.* Every sip of this zesty infusion will have you feeling the burn—in the best possible way!
get charged® – No. 3 Herb Tea for Energy is another smooth, invigorating blend designed to help you get pumped up—both physically and mentally.* An infusion of herbs (including Chinese ginseng, Ashwagandha, Eleuthero root and peppermint) make this caffeine-free blend a joy to sip. Allow those positive feelings to carry you through your workout and help you conquer your goals.
Best Teas for During Your Workout
Avoid that mid-workout slump and keep your body going strong by sipping iced tea throughout your workout. It is also important to replenish the fluids your body has lost through sweat.
Get Active® – Herb Tea for Endurance is a rejuvenating* herbal blend of green rooibos, holy basil, acerola berries, licorice and maca root. Replenish your tank and get back in the zone mid-workout with this delightful caffeine-free tea, which also features natural orange and vanilla flavors.
Stay cool and quench your thirst with Get Hydrated® – Herb Tea for Refreshment, which blends refreshing hibiscus with green rooibos, black currant extract and rosehips. We have also added dates, which contain potassium and electrolyte minerals.* Hydrating your body has never tasted better!
Vibrant, berry-rich get heart® – No.12 Herb Tea for Cardio Health is as flavorful as it is nourishing.* Push through that last set or final mile with this uplifting blend of hawthorn leaves and berries, hibiscus, gingko, bilberry leaves and blueberry leaves.
Best Teas for After Your Workout
Taking steps to help your body recover after a vigorous workout is just as important as getting energized before the gym. Now more than ever, it is essential to rehydrate your body by drinking plenty of fluids, as well as ensuring sufficient consumption of vitamins and nutrients.
Pamper your tired, achy, post-workout body* with Get Limber® – Herb Tea for Flexibility. Turmeric, ginger, yucca, and cat’s claw root blend with the tropical flavors of tangerine and pineapple, resulting in a joyful cuppa. This is the perfect beverage for incorporating in your daily stretching ritual.
The mellow flavors of coconut, caramel, milk thistle, carob, ramon nuts and chicory come together in Get Restored® – Herb Tea for Recovery. This golden infusion with a green rooibos base is the ultimate soothing beverage to sip after a challenging workout.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.