After a hard workout, the aches and pains make it hard to sit down or stand up,
and they also make it hard to go back to the gym, which slows fitness and weight loss progress.
But don't worry, fitness fans: drinking watermelon water can help your aching muscles feel better.
In a study of Spanish athletes, researchers found that drinking watermelon juice helps reduce muscle soreness after a run.
This is likely because watermelon juice is high in potassium and magnesium,
two electrolytes that help you stay hydrated, relax your muscles, and get a good night's sleep, says Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN.
Even though a 16-ounce bottle can have up to 24 grams of sugar, all of that sweetness comes from fresh watermelon and lemon juice, which can help restore glycogen stores after a long workout.