Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What to drink during a workout

It's only logical that while you are exercising, you will tend to sweat, which means you are not only losing water, but also electrolytes. Now, most people who have done some exercising at some stage or another have probably heard that you need to replenish electrolytes during and after your exercising, but the thing is, me included, most people don't really know what that actually means.

Some research (that sounds really grand on my part, I just Googled it...) revealed just what those things are. As you probably guess, it has something to do with electricity - to some extent hehe.

Here is a quote from How Stuff Works' website (click here for that page):
Electrolytes are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells. Your kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in your blood constant despite changes in your body. For example, when you exercise heavily, you lose electrolytes in your sweat, particularly sodium and potassium. These electrolytes must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of your body fluids constant. So, many sports drinks have sodium chloride or potassium chloride added to them. They also have sugar and flavorings to provide your body with extra energy and to make the drink taste better.
That pages also mentioned that our body fluids, like blood, plasma and the fluid between our cells are much like seawater, containing a high concentration of sodium chloride (aka table salt).

Anyway, it comes down to the fact that sweating causes you to lose electrolytes, and it turns out they're pretty important for proper cell and muscle function. Here is a list (also thanks to Google) of some things that can happen if you run out:

  • Exhaustion
  • Muscle cramps and spasms
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Giddiness, fainting
  • Confusion
  • Bad temper
I've experienced nausea on quite a few occasions, and usually having a isotonic drink while I'm working out helps for that not to happen.

Now, Herbalife has 3 amazing products which helps a great deal with not only replacing lost electrolytes, but also energy while working out.

Herbalife 24 Hydrate

This is a great everyday product, as it has almost no calories. Each serving, which is 500ml by the way, is only 13 calories, and can literally be used by anyone at any time (yes, even for people who are not exercising!). It's got a great, subtle citrus flavour. It is also high in Vitamin C, which is a potent anti-oxidant. A box has 20 sachets, so enough for about a month if you take one serving per day during the week.

See Dr John Heiss in the video below explaining about Hydrate:

Click here if you want to Order Hydrate

H3O Pro

H3O Pro has been with Herbalife for much longer than the 24 range of products, but it is still an amazing product. Above, where I mentioned that I used to get nauseous when working out at the gym, I just always made sure I have some H3O with me, then I don't experience nausea at all.

There are 10 sachets in a box, and it also has a great lemony flavour. This product is the best when used during your workouts, and is roughly 130 calories per serving. It too has various anti-oxidants, replaces electrolytes and gives you extra energy to enhance your workout.

Click here to Order H3O Pro

Herbalife 24 Prolong

This is the big kahuna of the Herbalife Sports Drink range. Prolong was created by Dr John Heiss, which impressed Herbalife's CEO Michael O. Johnson so much, that he asked Dr Heiss to come and develop the best sports nutritional range of products for Herbalife the world has ever seen:

My father-in-law swears by his Prolong, and just completed his 9th Argus in March (and he's 61 years old!), in an amazing time of 3 hours 41 minutes. During his training, and the actual event, he mostly used Prolong for sustained energy.

Here is a summary of what Prolong provides the body:
  • Dual-source carbohydrate blend facilitates caloric utilization
  • Whey protein isolate helps reduce muscle breakdown
  • 850 mg electrolytes support proper muscle function
  • B Vitamins support carbohydrate metabolism
  • 500% DV Vitamin C helps combat free radicals
It not only helps with immediate energy, but also with sustained energy while you are working out. Each serving is 125 - 300 calories, and should basically only be used for high intensity or lengthy workouts.

Here is Dr Heiss briefly explaining about Prolong:

Click here to Order Prolong

Here is also a picture I took of a slide at a big presentation, which sums up when you should use which of the above:

Week 5 was a bust :(

I'm ashamed to admit, week 5 I totally fell off the wagon. I started with a bang last week, and did a full 2 days of exercises, and then Easter weekend hit and all went straight down the drain. Alas, I didn't do anything for the remainder of week 5.

But, I'm happy to report I'm back in it again, I started yesterday with my second attempt at week 5, and so far it's going well! I did my exercises both yesterday and today, and I look forward to finishing this week with a bang!

Also, the new Virgin Active gym literally down the road from us has FINALLY opened its doors to the public, so I can finally start going to that again. For some or other weird reason I seem to be able to jog on a treadmill much more easily than on the road. Anyway, will hit the gym every now and then too!