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Publish date 24.11.2022
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Every runner needs to have energy. It is what drives you and gives you the ability to train fruitfully. After all, running is tiring and takes a lot of energy, so it’s hard to move from the couch without it. After all, there are days when you have no energy for anything. Some people reach for coffee to give themselves energy and others reach for energy drinks.
Is an energy drink before running a good idea? Will it give you enough energy? Is it even healthy? Read on to find the answers to these questions!
You’ve probably already guessed part of the answer to this question yourself. The same ingredient is found in coffee.
Yes, energy drinks in their composition have a high content of caffeine. It is thanks to it that you can concentrate more, and forget about the fatigue that has been tormenting you all day. What’s more, it also dulls the muscle soreness you may feel after a workout.
It is thanks to this ingredient that you can get the energy you need to get up from the couch and head out into the field. You can run faster and longer during your workout. You are more focused, and the extra surge of energy combined with a slight adrenaline rush can result in a really good workout.
What else besides caffeine is in energy drinks?
No. There are not enough of them, and you must remember to take care of a balanced diet. What is found in an energy drink is only a small percentage of your body’s needs. Never rely on this type of drink. Eat healthily and make sure you get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals in the form of fruits, vegetables, and wholesome meals.
Energy drinks in their composition usually contain sugar and glucose-fructose syrups. Therefore, their caloric content is quite high – 45.9-50 kcal in 100 ml of liquid.
We can compare this with coffee, which has caffeine in it and adds energy – 0.5 kcal/100 ml.
Many people think that if they drink an energy drink, they will suddenly become stronger, more resilient, and be able to get better results in terms of time and distance. However, as research shows, this is not entirely clear. Well, even if you drink such a drink before going out to run, the difference between the time without the energy drink and with the drink will be very likable. You will certainly not notice a big difference.
When it comes to running training, you will feel a difference in your mood if you were very tired before. Then you will feel a surge of energy. However, you must bear in mind that the effect of caffeine is not long-lasting. Therefore, your ability to run faster will only be evident over a short distance.
What is the result of this? Energy drink before a workout gives you energy only for a while. A short-distance runner may see some effects, but one who runs 5-10 km no longer. You will feel a drop in energy during the run.
Before running, give up drinking energy drinks. To hydrate yourself, choose mineral water or coconut water. This is certainly a better and healthier option than an energy drink.
Just remember to make sure the water is non-carbonated. This will help you avoid stomach revolutions that can interfere with your workout.
You already know the composition, and what happens in your body after you drink an energy drink. So now you need to think about which groups of people should avoid this version of energy supply for the body.
In conclusion, although you may see some changes by drinking an energy drink beforehand it is not recommended to consume it before running. As I’m sure you’ve read, it has many side effects when it comes to running. You certainly don’t want them to occur to you during your run. Therefore, put aside energy drinks and opt for other, healthier options. It’s best to avoid these types of drinks, and if you do, drink them in exceptional situations.
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