Is it better to drink warm or cold water during exercise?

Research indicates that drinking a cool beverage during exercise may help a little bit with cooling the body. While gastric emptying (the speed that fluid leaves the stomach and can begin to hydrate the body) has been studied extensively, there does not seem to be an appreciable advantage to either cold or warm liquids. Most people will drink more of a cold liquid, and if that’s the case, it may increase voluntary hydration.

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