Workout drinks can play an important role in replenishing lost fluids during exercise and improving athletic performance.
There are many varieties on the market and each offers enticing promises, from shedding unwanted pounds to getting a quick jolt of energy.
But there are also some factors to be wary of when incorporating certain workout drinks into your training regime.
Here are five workout drinks athletes and people regularly involved in exercise should scrutinize closely.
Sport drink retailers bombard you with claims that they’ll provide crucial nutrients before and after exercise to help perform and replenish. What they fail to specify is that their products are tailored toward athletes who participate in high-intensity workouts on a regular basis. Sports drinks do replenish vital electrolytes lost during exercise, but they are also loaded with calories, mostly derived from sugar and sodium, that aren’t worked off through irregular exercise. As a result, excessive use – particularly amongst causal athletes – can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
Many people seek out extra protein to boost fitness or grow muscle, hence the popularity of protein powders amongst workout drinks. Indeed, these supplements deliver high-quality protein to your diet. But, they also have the capacity to negatively impact health when consumed recklessly. A surplus of protein can lead to your daily calorie needs being exceeded, leading to weight gain. It’s also important to avoid an over-reliance on protein powders, whereby they displace other parts of your diet that carry crucial vitamins, minerals and fiber. Food rich in protein such as chicken, fish and lean dairy products contains added nutritional benefits that are missing from supplements and is always a healthier alternative.
The pitfalls of energy drinks are so prominent that they got their very own blog! In short, they’re often rich in sugar and caffeine or equivalent supplements that, when consumed excessively, harm. It’s also important to debunk the myth that energy drinks boost athletic performance; there is no thorough research that backs these claims up. Sure, the high levels of caffeine found in energy drinks might provide a quick burst of energy, but it can also lead to severe dehydration. That is why the quick zip you get from energy drinks is often quickly followed by a sudden crash.
Many H20 sports drinks contain large amounts of sugar, which can lead to weight gain and hinder athletic performance. They are also often laden with artificial sweeteners, which have been even been linked to cancer. The first thing to do after reaching for a flavored H20 drink is to read the label and check for sugar levels, artificial compounds and calories. If water’s your sports beverage of choice, why not just stick to it in its purest form? If you insist on adding flavor, infuse your water with healthy and fresh ingredients.
In the habit of pouring a chilled class of bottled fruit juice with a pre-workout breakfast each morning? You might want to rethink the routine. This ‘juice’ is often loaded with sugar, not to mention is so heavily processed that many vitamins and minerals have been extracted before it is even consumed. It’s no surprise bottled fruit juice is slowly losing its claim to healthiness. A workaround is to squeeze your own or, better yet, eat the fruit whole – that way, you retain the healthy fiber that is lost through juicing. Blending fruit and vegetable juices that have been proven to impact athletic performance, such as BeetBoost’s beet juice and tart cherry mix, is even easier.
Too much of anything is rarely advisable and that’s certainly the approach to take with workout drinks.
The safest play is to keep things 100% natural, read labels and consider ingredients closely.
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