Enhance performance in endurance exercise
When you’re not sipping on punch-flavored electrolyte sports drinks for everyday hydration and instead only utilizing those carbs for a mid-workout boost, something magical happens. Research published in Sports Science found, when compared with water, sports drinks with salt and carbs can enhance high-intensity bouts and long-duration exercise performance (at least an hour) when you drink it before or during your workout. The additional carbs top off your carb stores, so they don’t become depleted during intense endurance work, while the sodium accelerates the uptake of carbs in your gut. In the study, 16 cyclists consumed four different drinks:
1. Mizone Rapid (carbs and electrolytes)
2. Mizone (carbs only)
3. Powerade (carbs and electrolytes)
4. Water placebo
Cyclists drank about 250mL every 15 minutes, during a 2-hour steady bike ride, followed by a peak power test on a cycle ergometer. Each test was separated by 3-7 days. Peak power was noticeably higher for Mizone Rapid (380 watts) and Powerade (378 watts) sports drink than what cyclists reached with water (364 W) and Mizone (369 W). The greater uptake of carbs spared athletes’ muscle glycogen, so they were able to reach a great lactate threshold and push harder (which also accounts for greater peak heart rates).
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