Should I drink energy and sports drinks when I'm working out rather than water?
Keeping hydrated before, during and after exercise is really important. Sports drinks can be a good help to do this. They are a good hydrating alternative because, as beneficial as water is, for some it can be tasteless and boring.
However, the main plus is that sports drinks can help you replace the electrolytes lost as you sweat during your workout. These are the minerals that your body needs for a number of things – including the contraction of muscles. Unlike water, sports drinks re-hydrate by providing these lost electrolytes. And that will help you to continue working out for longer.
A variety of sports drinks, tailored for a range of needs and requirements including aiding recovery and boosting energy, are available. If you are concerned about sugar or artificial content, coconut water or homemade sports drinks can also serve as a healthy substitute. But, if you’re preparing for a specific event, it’s always best to drink the same thing you’ll have on race day during your training – that way it won’t be a shock to your system on the day.
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