Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fitness Myth: A sports drink is a must have during a workout?

Proper hydration is essential during a workout however unless you are exercising at a high intensity for greater than 90 minutes water, rather than sports drinks, are the go. Sports drinks supply additional calories so they are well suited to continual bouts of exercise where the body is burning up calories. During normal training it is not necessary to replace electrolytes such as sodium and potassium as it is unlikely that these stores will be completely depleted. One occasion however, where electrolytes are important, is marathon events in extreme conditions where it may be necessary to add electrolytes to the mix.

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