Sports is a great way to get fit, feel great and lose weight. As you play, you would want to see improvement. It could be improvements in your game, or how you look – getting trim, losing the flab and growing those muscles. I’ve been writing the 5 worst ways to boost sports performance. I’m posting 1 each day. This is part 3 – the third of 5 worst ways to boost sports performance. If you missed the first worst way, you can read it here. If you missed the second worst way, you can read it here.
Here’s the third.
3. Energy drinks
The quickest easiest remedy for the no-time-to-eat-before-exercising dilemma is an energy drink. Energy drinks should be fine if its just one serve and not mixed with alcohol or medications. It’s also better if you have not had many coffees earlier and if you do not have underlying health conditions. That being said, it’s best to not consume them at all.
You may know caffeine is a stimulant, which is great to perk you up and get you going. Consuming these drinks may make you feel readier to workout. But it won’t help you go faster or longer.
Riding the high:
The problem is not just caffeine. Energy drinks can contain other ingredients like guarana, taurine and yerba mate, which also act as stimulants. All the stimulants have a compounding effect, that artificially raises your heart rate. Throw in the hard strenuous exercise/workout you are doing (that also raises heart rate and blood pressure), exhaustion, heat and dehydration, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Sports drinks are better, though you would only benefit from them if you were exercising for longer than 75 minutes. Remember, sports drinks are not health drinks. They contain a high amount of sugar just like soft drinks so only consume what is necessary.
Beat the bulge:
To make it worse, why take away all the calories you just burned by consuming a sugar-filled drink? If you are trying to keep fit, get lean, and lose weight remember, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Are the calories you’re consuming in that drink is more than what you’re burning?
Prepare in advance. It’s not worth downing an energy drink to perk you up before a game. Especially if you’ve already had a few coffees earlier in the day. And if your goal is to get in shape and lose weight, remember what you consume is as important as the workout you’ve just done.
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