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Sports Drinks

What is a sports drink?

Athletes need fuel to improve workout quality, prolong intensity, recover faster and replace lost nutrients – including muscle glycogen and electrolytes. Sports drinks provide this and more. Energy supplements contain high levels of carbohydrates, in an easily digestible form, which improves your aerobic performance without causing gastric upset. Many sports drinks have added nutrients to suit your specific type of workout. If you’re an endurance athlete, then high carbohydrate gels provide fuel for your longest workout, or electrolytes to maintain optimal fluid levels in the body. Some supplements have vitamins which help to release energy or act as antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals caused by intense exercise or stress. If on the other hand you’re doing a heavy resistance training workout, you may want to try a stimulant based energy supplement as it may help you meet your athletic goals by improving performance and mental focus. These supplements often contain protein in order to help you repair your damaged muscle fibres and speed up the recovery process. Most sports drinks come in ready to drink form, this means that they are packaged into convenient bottles that you can consume before, during or after exercise.

What are the benefits of consuming sports drinks?

If you drink a sports drink during exercise, it will have some of the following benefits:

  • Increased hydration.
  • Provide you with large amounts of energy.
  • Leads to exercise feeling like it took less effort.
  • Less immune system repression while exercising.
  • Reduces the amount of muscle damage received during exercise.
  • Massively speeds up recovery times.

Are there any potential side effects I should be aware of when drinking a sports drink?

If you regularly consume sports drinks, or consume them irresponsibly, some of the following may occur:

  • Insomnia.
  • Nausea.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Dehydration.
  • Lack of concentration (after a crash).

When is the best time to take a sports drink?

Sports drinks can be consumed at any point in the day, although they are likely most effective to be drank before or during strenuous exercise. If the exercise is long term, for example a marathon, have one at the start to provide a short term boost and longer term energy supply, and also one nearer the end in order to again provide a last boost of energy to help you get through to the end. Resistance trainers may want to take them to provide that extra bit of energy to reach your maximum weight in order to help you feel and see those gains and improvements. It is all very much dependent on the specific product, however some recommend consuming approximately 30-40 minutes before working out.

The Sports Drinks section has a range of Energy Gels which contain a highly concentrated source of carbs which are easy to digest and convenient to carry when exercising.

Energy pills have added ingredients, such as caffeine or other stimulants, which can take your workout to the next level, plus have the added benefit of increasing metabolism for fat loss.

Energy Powders mix with water to make sports drink and make an economical choice. The Pre-workout section contains formulas that help increase muscle size and strength and improve anaerobic performance in the gym.

Energy RTDs are already packaged in convenient bottles that you can consume before, during or after exercise. Lastly Energy Bars are high carb versions of MRP bars and provide a quality post workout snack with higher levels of carbs, moderate protein and fat content.

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