Help with Running Cramps

Running cramps, particularly running calf cramps, afflict everyone from the person going out for a morning jog, to elite athletes. And it's not just runners that get cramps they can be a factor in any sport - tennis, swimming, golf, cycling and triathlon. This site is dedicated to sharing ideas and information between sports people, athletes, health practitioners, anyone who enjoys training - for the best ways to prevent, avoid and treat muscle cramp.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Does Your Energy Drink Do More Harm Than Good?

Found an interesting article on sports drinks - not the Gatorade (sugar and water) type, but the new very high energy caffeine drinks like Red Bull, Monster, Adrenalin Rush - etc.

Most people think their getting 'more energy', when what is really happening is that you're getting a caffeine and carbohydrate load and the feeling that you're getting a 'lift'.

Where the problem comes in for runners and anyone doing strenuous sport, the big caffeine hit will work as a diuretic and is likely to cause cramping - particularly over long periods of exercise and in anyone more susceptible to cramp.

The best advice is to stick to water and/or don't confuse a high energy drink (like Red Bull) with a sports drink like Gatorade or Rebound.


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