Should You Use an Energy Drink Before You Workout?

To drink or not to drink, this is the question. When deciding whether or not to drink energy drinks before your workout, the process is relatively easy. Basically you just weigh your options, the good versus the bad.

Let us start with the bad news first. The caffeine content is rather high, but not much higher than an average cup of coffee; however, this does not make it okay. Caffeine in general, whether it be in coffee, a soft drink, or an energy drink is not good for your health. Caffeine is blamed for several long term effects such as high blood pressure, diabetes and an increase in heart disease risk. On the short term, you can experience increased risk of anxiety, dizziness, nausea, irritability, headache, and severe fatigue once the caffeine wears off. Women can also experience breast shrinkage. This is more so the case for someone who drinks more than one energy drink a day or extreme amounts of caffeine. Worst case scenario, it can become addictive.

For this reason, anything that you choose to add to your health routine should be discussed with a doctor first.

On a positive note, caffeine can boost your mood or perk you up when you are in a fog. It can increase your energy, which most of us need when headed to the gym; especially on Monday mornings. It can also provide the momentum muscles need to complete those hard workouts.

Some of these beverages also provide herbs, minerals and other natural substances. Common ingredients in these drinks are: Ginseng A, Carnitine, Ginkgo Biloba, Taurine, and Guarana Seed. These various natural substances provide different results ranging from reduced stress, boosted metabolism, enhanced memory, increased energy, and regulated heart beats and muscle contractions.

Personally, I choose water before workouts, but I do not see any harm in energy drinks if they are used within moderation. If you monitor your consumption and listen to your body you will more than likely avoid the side effects of energy drinks and enjoy the boost you get. With everything in life, with moderation, no harm done.

Source by John MacNamara

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.