All about the Sports Drink
We probably think we know it all. Isotonic (or maybe Hypotonic & Hypertonic) drink that seems to be a better choice compared to water. Sometimes for its flavour, sometimes it’s just psychological, a better drink probably lead to better performance. Is it really true? In this issue, we will try as much as possible to eliminate the questions you have about sports drink.
What are they?
In general, there are 3 types of sports drinks, Isotonic, Hypotonic and Hypertonic.
Isotonic drinks helps to replace fluids that is lost by sweating and helps to supply a boost of carbohydrates during exercise. This is also a choice for the average athlete!
Hypotonic drinks, unlike isotonic drinks replace the fluids, but do not have the carbs boost you may be looking for. These are usually for people who engage in sports activity that has low perspiration rates. Hypertonic drinks contain the highest amount of carbohydrates among all 3 as it supplements the daily carbohydrates intake after after exercise. These are usually drank by marathon runners who need extra boost of carbohydrates and electrolytes.
Do they really help?
A question to ask especially if you are a “drinker”! Yes, sports drinks do help, but only if you are exercising at high intensity for 60 minutes or more. For those of us who may just be doing normal training, water will suffice in helping us to dehydrate. This is because the body’s store of minerals is unlikely to deplete that fast. Otherwise, sports drinks would probably just be the other drink that taste better than water! ?