It’s not surprising news that soda has no benefits for an athlete’s game or growth. Yet, while drops in traditional soft drink sales reflect this trend, another beverage’s popularity is surging. Sports drinks have become nearly a 10-billion-dollar industry in the US alone.
Americans could save a ton of money — and unnecessary added sugar — by focusing their hydration on water.
How much water? The answer varies.
The general rule used to be eight, 8oz glasses of water per day. However, that number didn’t factor weight, heat, or activity level. 64 oz of water for a 200 lb. adult is much different that 64oz for a 100 lb. child.
Instead, when determining your body’s water needs, aim for half your weight- in ounces:
200 lbs = 100 oz
100 lbs = 50 oz
Those numbers should be met on a general day to day basis. Heat, humidity, and sweating increase water intake needs.
What about sports drinks?
Ideally sports drinks are used to replenish electrolytes and spent glycogen after…
⏱ 60 minutes of intense workout (not a 60 minute class with 20 min of activity)
💦 Intense sweating (especially for athletes in full equipment)
🌡 Extreme heat and/or humidity
📚 In class
🎮 Playing video games
🐕 Walking your dog
Too often sports drinks are used as a “healthy” alternative to soda pop. But, unless they’ve just finished an intense workout or heavy sweating, sports drinks are just providing unnecessary added sugars.
That’s not to say that “zero” sugar, no sugar added, or “sugar-free” options are a better option.
I know it sounds boring, but your body needs water. ESPECIALLY if endurance, recovery, focus, speed, strength, and growth are important to your athlete. Bored with the flavor? Add fresh or frozen fruit.
With so many different sports drinks on the market, how do you choose one for when they are helpful? Check the label and SKIP bottles with
❌ Artificial colors (red 40, blue 1, yellow 5)
❌ Synthetic sugars: high fructose corn syrup — Acesulfame potassium — Sucralose- Splenda
Trying to avoid sports drinks and want other electrolyte fuelling options? Want to know about difference in sports drink brands? Find more answers on RockPerformance.net