Q DO I NEED ENERGY DRINKS?
Sara Galloway, Teignmouth
“Energy drinks can be a very useful way of ingesting enough fluid, carbohydrates and electrolytes – and depending on the event, have a welldeserved place in a runner’s arsenal,” says fitness instructor Peter Antonio. “In order to use carbohydrates for energy needs, fluid is required. The added sodium in sports drinks can also increase thirst, and thereby
increase the amount consumed, ensuring that both fluid and energy needs have been met. Sports drinks and other supplements can definitely aid the aspiring athlete in fine-tuning their performance.
“However, don’t fret, as depending on the individual’s goals, sports drinks and other supplements aren’t essential. All nutritional and fluid needs can be reached by consuming real food. If planned appropriately, and if your body allows, real food can take you as far or as long as your feet will carry you.”