For optimal performance, athletes should be hydrated and adequately fuelled during exercise.
Sports drinks, also referred to as isotonic beverages and fluid replacement beverages, are generally accepted as beverages formulated to provide quick replacement of fluids, electrolytes, and carbohydrate fuel for working muscles.
Such drinks may be designed to be consumed before, during, and after exercise.
Although there are a wide range of beverages marketed with reference to sport or performance, sports drinks aim at keeping your body hydrated, replacing fluid and electrolytes (salts) lost through sweat, and providing energy from carbohydrates.
Ideally, they should taste good and provide all necessary nutrients, electrolytes, and fluid requirements that are lost during exercise to rehydrate the body and enhance performance.
When used appropriately they can result in performance benefits. A sports drink may be used by people engaging in exercise of vigorous intensity for more than one hour, especially if sweating heavily.
Did you know you can easily prepare your own isotonic drink at home?
And the good news is, you don’t need to spend too much. The ingredients needed are probably available in your kitchen!
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