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HEYBUTT Posts: 769
7/14/11 3:49 P

I use them when I'm out exercising in the heat (or after hot yoga). When running, I find that little sweet taste (I use powerade zero) is a nice little reward.

I have noticed they help me have a bit more energy and keep headaches away (when I'm doing really hard exercise) post exercise.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
7/14/11 12:07 P

Switch to a zero calorie option. My husband really likes Powerade Zero when he needs something a little extra, more than just water.

SPUTNIK512 Posts: 1,730
7/14/11 10:45 A

I don't care for the taste of most sports drinks, so I generally avoid them. After a hard workout I love a glass of ice cold chocolate milk!

MUMMYUK2 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 10:18 A

When I run outside here in FL I use Powerade Zero, to replace the electrolytes lost through sweating

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7/14/11 9:50 A

I mainly stick to just water but every once and awhile I will have a vitamin water zero with ice.

SHAKABRY SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/11 9:07 A

Thanks everyone! Sounds like good old fashioned water wins this race!

BTLSMUM SparkPoints: (39,820)
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7/14/11 8:56 A

I try not to drink them too often, as I too have read that they aren't great for you. However, when I'm working out 2 or more hours in an environment with no a/c I have a Gatorade. It's not something to drink casually.

7/13/11 7:26 P

I only use those when I really need to change my electrolytes, I drink plenty of water but sometimes I wait too long and down a liter in one sitting and throw my electrolytes out of balance, and after a few days of drowning myself in water I need to grab one of those to balance it out again. And only if I have drank too much at once over a number of days. It it is one day I know I am not too far out of balance.

Or I use them when I am hungover. lol

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
7/13/11 3:15 P

Sports drinks can provide what you need when you're working our for more than an hour at a time regularly. However, these don't come in bottles. Anything you can buy in the fridge at the corner shop is candy. Go to a sports store, buy the tubs, and mix your own.

Or drink water.

Water provides everything you need. The only time you'd really need to consider something more is when you're either doing some sort of 8 hour endurance race thing, or you are an elite athlete and actually attempting to win the race outright and get the best performance you can out of your body.

KELLYM728 Posts: 86
7/13/11 2:17 P

During a long run (8+ miles for me) or an excessively hot run I use NUUN tabs in my water for an electrolyte replacement. It isn't particularly delicious but it gets the job done. I'm not a huge fan of drinking my calories and "sports drinks" are often just as bad as soda because of the high sugar and caloric content.

MJREIMERS Posts: 7,527
7/13/11 2:17 P

My oldest had to go to a chiropractor after a car accident. He was really against any sports drinks or vitamin water. He said water, water, water! He felt that sports drinks were extremely bad for you and even made you more dehydrated. I don't know if it's true, but I recommend water over anything! emoticon

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7/13/11 1:54 P

Dentists recommend that regular consumers of sports drinks observe precautions against tooth decay.

Never used them, I used to run 10kms regularly every weekend.. Water in a bottle was adquate, some runners mix water with salt and sugar. It tastes nasty but is pure functional..

SHAKABRY SparkPoints: (0)
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7/13/11 11:50 A

After a run, I love grabbing a Vitamin Water out of my fridge and pouring it over a glass filled with ice. Ahh. Yes, I know that one bottle is actually 2.5 servings which equals 125 calories. But it's sooo good. Or is it?

I've just been reading some articles that tend to agree that it's not as good for you as you think. Darn. OK so what other sports drinks are better? And are they as tasty?


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