Sports drinks are so expensive. Do I really need them?
The answer to this will depend on what you want that drink to actually do – stick with us here. “Sports drinks really drop into three categories,” says Caspar Rose: “Pre-, intra- and post-workout drinks. First you need to consider the desired effects of these drinks and what is really essential to your performance.” Sports drinks can definitely help you, but Caspar has a word of caution: “These drinks are there to assist you but often have been created by companies with shelf life and margins in mind. Focus on your needs and you can find a lot of alternative solutions that are bespoke to you.” With that in mind, here’s a little breakdown of what to look out for…
“Here, you want something fast-acting and high-energy. Most pre-workout drinks are full of artificial ingredients, so try an espresso, some coconut oil and a quick shot of beetroot juice to get some nitrates in.”
“These drinks/gels are often made up of a mix of aminos, electrolytes or fast-acting carbs, salts and sugars. I wouldn’t recommend these unless you’re training regularly for extended periods and with specific performance goals. In that case they can be worth the money – otherwise, water is an excellent go-to.”
“Protein is king here, but pre-made shakes – although convenient – are often full of sugar and not worth the money. You’re much better off blending a pure protein smoothie after your workout.”
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