Thursday, August 23, 2012

Do you need to sip sports drinks all day?

Even in hot weather, you may not need a constant wash of sports drinks in your system, according to Loyola dietitian Brooke Schantz.

Sports drinks should not be substituted for water—except in certain conditions. For one thing, they contain calories and carbs.

Certain sports do call for those carbs. If you exercise an hour or longer, you need 30-60 grams of carbs to maintain blood sugar levels.

Choose water while sitting on the couch, during a 3 mile bike ride or run or while sitting and working.

A sports drink is appropriate in an endurance race longer than one hour, while working out in high humidity or heat, if you missed a preworkout meal, or if you are facing a weigh-in.

I think GatorAde tastes like lime sweat, so what do I know?

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