Updated: Dec 31, 2019
We drink them while in training, for recovery and sometimes as a pick-me-up. But are sports drinks really that good for you? Some may suggest there are too many additives but sometimes that is necessary while logging lots of miles due to how much we sweat and what we need to replenish our systems.
If you are not a fan of Gatorade or other sugary sports drinks, try these out as an alternative before, during and after your run. Chocolate Milk More studies are popping up showing that chocolate milk is a great drink to help fuel you after a tough workout. With four grams of carbohydrate to one gram of protein, chocolate milk is said to be very effective in preventing muscles from breaking down, allowing you to have a shorter recovery period. Rich in potassium, calcium, and vitamin D, chocolate milk has become a great choice for recovery as is seen in many professional athletes. My brother loves recovering with chocolate milk while for me it’s the chocolate soymilk. Still a great combination of protein and carbohydrates!
Coconut water Known as Mother Nature’s sports drink, studies have shown that this option can be just as sufficient in replenishing the body’s needs as sports drinks. Coconut water is great for rehydration due to its high levels of potassium that helps get rid of muscle cramps. If you haven’t noticed already, more events are providing as a recovery tool and more athletes are using it throughout their training. Coconut water is a personal favorite and I find tastes even better than Gatorade. Refreshing and tasty!
This sweet juice is full of nitrates which studies have shown can help to improve cardiovascular health. When the nitrates convert to nitric oxide, the body can consume less oxygen while running, which means that runners have a higher tolerance and can last longer during an intense workout. I am personally not a fan of Beet juice but hey maybe you are!
A delicious fruit full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, bananas are a great alternative to sports drinks. It also has a healthier blend of natural sugar than the sugary sports drinks and since it has potassium it helps for muscle recovery. If you can’t handle eating bananas while training or racing, stick to the liquids, but if you can, bananas are a great option.
BASE Hydro If you are looking for a sports drink that may not be as sweet as Gatorade but still provides you with hydration, carbohydrates, and sodium. Base Hydro is the perfect option. A refreshing lemon lime flavor, not full of sugar and when you pair it with BASE Amino and Salt, it becomes Rocketfuel! The perfect training and racing hydration drink.