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Energy Drinks and Exercise: Good or Bad?
So I have a huge pet peeve when seeing energy drink advertisements, one in particular I’ve seen on tv is a guy in a gym talking about how he needs the energy drink before a workout session. I want to ask the guy what kind of workout he is doing. Because it’s obviously isn’t a good one if he’s drinking a monster beforehand.
Not only are these advertisements on tv, but just look on the can of your favorite energy drink, I’m sure it says something about physical activity on it.
Feeling the burn, and the cramps.
When you work out you sweat, when you sweat you lose important electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium. You need a drink that can replace these, and you may get your sodium from energy drinks, but you get a whole lot of stuff you don’t want too.
Without potassium you’re guaranteed to cramp up during any kind of hard physical activity.
A lot of these drinks brag about their ingredients giving you the ability to react and move faster, and to help increase endurance. This isn’t true these natural ingredients are all over powered by one simple ingredient, caffeine.
One ingredient of energy drinks you don’t need is caffeine. Caffeine may give you a temporary feeling of energy, but that’s it. With that little temporary feeling of energy you get to enjoy the crash halfway through your workout. So now you’re cramping up and crashing.
Another side effect of caffeine is that it is a diuretic, meaning it causes your body to lose water. So you’re already sweating, plus the extra water you’re losing from the caffeine is dehydrating you at an accelerated rate. This can be dangerous and lead to cramping, diarrhea and overheating.
Organizations saying No to energy drinks.
Many school sporting events like footballs, baseball, etc., have banned the use of energy drinks prior and during games. Some commands in the United States Military have banned the consumption of energy drinks during operations, and even training exercises. Some Commands go as far as too ban the drinking of energy drinks 24 hours prior to operations as well. Marines and Soldiers going down for overheating take a valuable fighter out of the fight for a preventable reason.
Let’s not forget about the sugar content of energy drinks, it’s disgustingly high. When you exercise you’re trying to get stronger, faster, and lose weight so why would you ever use sugar? Sugar is counter effective to everything you do at the gym. Small amount of sugar in your diet is good for you, but energy drink levels are insane.
Be aware when you need that extra energy to work out it’s not smart to find it in a can of monster or rockstar.
Sharon Richards wrote this article with the help from Energy Booster E Fact Energy! E Fact Energy: Energy Revived!