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Best Drink After Running : Best Post Race Drink

Forget Gatorade sports drinks, the best sports drink to have after a running workout or hard race is chocolate milk, studies say.

In a University of Texas at Austin study, athletes who drank low-fat chocolate milk after a hard work out (as opposed to those who drank sports beverages with just carbohydrates) developed more muscle and less fat, as well as improved workout times. Another study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found cyclists who drank chocolate milk had twice the maximal oxygen uptake (the most amount of oxygen an individual can use during intense exercise, an indicator of your cardiovascular fitness) as those who drank calorie-free beverages or carbohydrate sports drinks.

So, in the 30-minute recovery window after running, have a nice cold drink of low-fat chocolate milk to boost your performance and overall physical shape.

Best Marathon Running Shorts By Runners World

I was reading a running shorts review on runners world that featured eight running shorts. One interesting aspect of the shorts is the names, without the word shorts next to them you wouldn’t know what they are. Some of the names would be mistaken for: fish oil, ammunition, sports team, sports drinks.

1. Mens Nike Pinnacle Shorts

2. Mens Hind Omega Shorts

3. Womens Adidas Adistar shorts

4. Womens Moving Comfort Endurance shorts

5. Mens Brook sharper

6. Mens Under Armour Pacer shorts – This was the best name

7. Women Zoots sports Ultra run shorts

8. Womens New Balance Mira Shorts

Read the full reviews at runners world

Nutrition Last Week Before Running 5k, 10K, 15k, half & full marathon

Runners planning to run a race should pay attention to their nutrition during the last week before planning to run a 5k , 10K , half marathon or a full marathon.

Nutrition last week before the big race

Increase your daily intake of carbohydrate, particularly whole grains, fruits and vegetables, during training. An increase in daily protein intake is also recommended, with the balance coming from dietary fat.

Carbohydrate is the major fuel used during training, and both carbohydrate and protein may help facilitate muscle recovery.

Practice fluid and carbohydrate intake, both as water and sports drinks, during training so that you are comfortable with the procedure during the marathon. Know the sport drink that will be used in your marathon, and train with it. You may also wish to experiment with carbohydrate gels (some contain caffeine; see comment below on Running a faster marathon); if the marathon provides gels at points on the course, try to experiment with the specific brand.

P.S. Remember to take plenty of sleep during the week so that, even if you don’t sleep on the eve of the race, it won’t matter.

Michael Phelps Sports Energy Drink : Carnation Instant Breakfast

I was surfing around the internet when I found this interesting piece on cbs news

During a 2004 Summer Olympics awash in controversies over steroids and supplements, one sportswriter wryly noticed that top American swimmer Michael Phelps was playing it safe — he preferred to drink Carnation Instant Breakfast between races.

I wondered whether Carnation Instant Breakfast supplement had any special ingredient that made Phelp’s swimmer faster than competition.

One fact about Carnation Instant breakfast is that it contains key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, in quantities that sports drinks like gatorade can’t match.

The carnation instant breakfast also contains alot of calories, it adds 130 calories to a single glass of milk.

All this benefits of carnation instant breakfast helps to hasten recovery.

Marathon Running Recovery Drinks : Drink After Race

After a run it is recommended to drink a recovery drink to replenish lost energy, fluid and electrolytes.

Water as running Recovery drink

The cheapest and most popular recovery drink is good old water. Water helps in restoring lost water through sweating and cooling down the body. Drinking water also helps in preparing the stomach for proper food digestion. Experts tend to agree that rehydrating with water until urine is pale yellow is the way to go.

Sports Energy Drinks

Drinkigng a sports energy drink with a mix of carbs, protein and sodium within an hour of finishing the race is crucial.

Carbohydrate Milk Drink

The chocolate milk has the magic 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio, is cheap and tastes good.

Whatever you choose, drink what you enjoy

Ingredients of a Sports Drink

This article looks at what is contained in a sports drink. The ingredients that make a sports drink.

1. Water

This is the major component / ingredient inside a sports drink. The water is for hydration.

2. Sugar

Sports drinks have a lot of sugar, almost all sports drink are sugar flavoured.The sugar is for taste as well as fuel.

3. Electrolytes

Every function in the body that is dependent upon our nervous system (muscle movement, breathing, digestion, thinking, etc.) requires electrolytes. Electrolytes also are used to regulate the fluid balances in the body. Electrolytes include ions of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and chloride.

Sports drink recipe from “Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook”

Sports nutrition is necessary for healthy athlete development. Nancy Clark has written a guidebook “Sports Nutrition Guide book” I found this sports drink recipe inside.

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup hot water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 1/2 cups cold water

In a quart pitcher, dissolve the sugar and salt in the hot water. Add the remaining ingredients and the cold water. The drink contains about 50 calories and 110 mg of sodium per 8 ounces, approximately the same as for most sports drinks.