I’m speaking tonight with the kids participating in Junior El Tour. This group of kids have been training for the 30 mile ride in El Tour de Tucson. My talk tonight is all about what they should be eating and drinking before their ride.
Sport drinks are commonplace, and often they are over-used. Only when you are exercising longer than an hour, do you need to eat or drink during your workout. If you will exercise longer than 60 minutes plan on consuming fluids, carbohydrates and sodium in a sport drink or some type of sport product or food with fluids.
Hard on Your Pocketbook and Your Body
Sport drinks can be pretty expensive, plus they are often full of refined sugars and synthetic food dye. You can make your own sport drink with 100% fruit juice so that you get extra antioxidants that will help promote recovery from exercise and strengthen your immune system, rather than consuming empty calories in a traditional sport drink.
Add Salt as Needed
You can modify the amount of salt in these drinks to fit your needs. 1 teaspoon of salt contains 2400 mg of sodium. Salty sweaters need much more sodium than these recipes provide. Salty and heavy sweaters often need 800-1000 mg sodium per hour of exercise. Some athletes may require even more than this.
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