I can manage 20 mins now! Swimming is still very much in vogue, esp as Windsor Tri is now entered!
SarahL wrote:I don';t know but I do drink them before after and sometimes during to help stop me getting cramps and it seems to work
I can second that.
From USA Swimming: http://www.usaswimming.org/USASWeb/View ... temId=3407
ENERGY DRINKS: NOT A GOOD CHOICE!
Energy drinks are popular among teenagers and young adults. They are marketed as a quick way to boost mental energy and improve performance. These beverages are NOT appropriate for fluid replacement during exercise. They are full of caffeine and other stimulants that may make you feel jittery and lead to dehydration. They also contain too many carbs to be used for fluid replacement and may lead to stomach distress if consumed too close to the beginning of exercise.
EDIT: Sorry for necro-posting.
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weuer wrote:Apparently, energy drinks are bad:
I think they're referring more to cans of Red Bull and the like than Gatorade though...
Paul Newsome wrote:I think they're referring more to cans of Red Bull and the like than Gatorade though...
yeah red bull's are bad, not nearly enough caffeine in them
and so uncivilized when there are perfectly good espresso machines and coffee beans...
electrolyte drinks - I'm with Sarah and Bjoern, they do help
and the science of oral rehydration therapy (using sodium and potassium salts with sugars) is well proven
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Problem with drinking so much electrolyte is that you need to know your kidneys are up to the task as they are responsible for balancing the numbers, so to speak. This can be checked with a blood test, ask your GP. Not to mention the sugar and your teeth.
Excessive amounts of electrolyte can be just as dangerous as too little [we're talking about changes to heart rhythm/beat, thats why some people get palpitations when they drink them].
Keep the sports drinks [not energy drinks, they are bad full stop] to hotter weather and for longer workouts as either part of your recovery or during a session if it makes you feel better.
Heres a tip - sugars/carbohydrates are absorbed in the mouth, so take a drink, swish then swallow to get a faster result if its energy you are after. A study of cyclists found that swishing and spitting out the sports drink had the same energy benefit as swallowing it, just with out the hydration. Also an apple is better for alertness/energy than a coffee [natural sugars].
The only other way to re-energise is the old fashioned way - REST!!
SideNote: did you know you can eat too many bananas in a day? [i think its about 10]
sorry for the blurb, but i do like the physiology side of sport...
"this will require the energy of a thousand empty calories"
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