Let’s talk sports drinks today.
Are sports drinks better than water when you work out?
Sports drinks, like Gatorade and Powerade, do provide a significant physiological advantage over water during activities when glycogen depletion, dehydration, and significant electrolyte losses are an issue. This means, over an hour and when profuse sweating is occurring. For the majority of you out there, this does not apply. The majority of us work out for about an hour, and if we do go longer, we probably aren’t profusely sweating the whole time. You know who this applies to? Football players, basketball players, soccer players, long distance runners…pretty much any sport where you go hard and sweat. For the majority of exercisers, cool water should be used to replace fluids…6-12 oz every 15-20 minutes.
Should I drink sports drinks when not exercising?
Sports drinks are low in nutrient density and tend to be high in simple sugars. They are just empty calories, especially to someone who is trying to lose weight. If you’re not exercising to the point of what I described above, I would just stay away from sports drinks. Water is always best.
Stay sweaty, my friends!