Energy drinks and working out


Anonymous
on Oct 08, 2007 @ 08:43 pm

Do any of you drink energy drinks like Red Bull, Tab, Rockstar? I have been out of shape for awhile and I am going to start working out again but I feel like I have no energy to work out in the first place. A friend suggested some Tab before working out. I am not sure how I feel about energy drinks because I heard they are not good for you. What do you think?
 

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spotty
yick on Oct 08, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

The few times I have tried an energy drink I end up feeling worse than before hand. So I can't speak for the others, but I suggest staying away from energy drinks. Replenishing drinks, like gatorade, are fine though. I guess it can't hurt to try it once or twice though to make your own personal assessment.

Go work out!!! :-)
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Feisty Redhead
not for me on Oct 08, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

As far as I know, most if not all of the "energy" drinks are just LOADED with caffeine - too much of which is VERY bad for you. Not to mention it's addictive. Ever try to stop drinking soda cold turkey and wind up with major headaches in the days and weeks after? It's caffeine withdrawal. My dad has doctors orders to limit his caffeine intake because it worsens his existing irregular heartbeat. I try not to ingest too much for the sake of preventing future problems from it.

My mother drinks them like crazy and she insisted I try one once because "they taste great" but I thought it was gross. She's a nurse and admits they're awful for you yet that doesn't stop her from drinking several cans a day.

I agree with spotty - replenishing drinks like Gatorade are perfectly fine so get some of those and drink up. If you need a little energy boost, try some upbeat music? I know listening to rock gets me going when I'm exercising. Loads of Nickelback in my playlists! ;-) You'll find once you start exercising and sticking with it you'll have more energy naturally; working out boosts your metabolism too (don't buy into those dexatrim ads that say they can boost your metabolism... just a brisk walk will do that for you naturally - no need for chemicals that have been proven unsafe!) so there's more motivation to get going when you know that. For me there is anyway!
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MizzRobin
Energy drinks on Oct 08, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

I am not big on the taste of energy drinks....although I have only ever tried a couple. I notice my gym carries Tab but I have not tried it yet. Many of the girls sip it between dance classes but most of them are chugging on water if anything. I would like to hear from someone on this topic that drinks energy drinks somewhat frequently and what they think...
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allychick_ling
energy drinks on Oct 09, 2007 @ 10:45 pm

I used to drink a lot of energy drinks (like everyday!) due to lack of energy from very busy lifestyle....as you can see, they can get highly addictive! I've cut down and have been sticking to coffee mostly. I still drink a few energy drinks now and then if I'm really down on energy. It has helped me a lot before working out at the gym and on those days where I'm at school for 12 hours. I haven't had any bad reactions, or withdrawals for that matter. I have a pretty high tolerance for caffeine.

However, that being said, everyone is different. Some people feel sick to their stomach after having an energy drink. Other people go crazy and act like they're on E. The only thing you can do is try it out and see how it works for you. You might find that just having a cup of coffee or cold drink will be enough for you to get you going - that and some dance music!
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artist
The thing about energy drinks... on Oct 09, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

is that although they will give you a boost in energy and performance, they are loaded with extremely high amounts of caffeine which is all synthetic chemicals. Along with that, the makers of energy drinks add a list full of chemicals that you might want to think twice about before putting into your body.

A better and more natural alternative is to have a cup of coffee, or if you need even more caffeine, a shot of espresso. Best done 15 minutes or less before a workout. That will give you a natural set of wings... without all of the chemicals and additives!

The topic of caffeine before a workout is debatable. Recent studies have shown that caffeine before a workout actually limits the amount of blood flow to the heart (Don't take my word for it, I saw it on the news!). But other health experts say that caffeine can help in giving you an energy boost so that you can push harder, burn more calories, and build more muscle.

Keep in mind also that there is drawbacks to any type of caffeine. Addiction is one thing.

If you're not feeling energetic enough to exercise, working out with a friend might be beneficial. You can motivate each other! Trust me, it works!
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MizzRobin
tee hee! on Oct 10, 2007 @ 10:29 am

Hey Allychick_ling and Artist...were we not just having this discussion that night when we got a can of Tab in our swag bags?!?!? Hahhaah I agree with both of you. I think it depends on the person and their tolerance but it is not the 'best' or rather 'healthiest' approach. I don't drink coffee (unless you count the once a month or less French Vanilla from Timmy's) and I have had a couple energy drinks in my lifetime...the first time I felt my heart thumping even though I was sitting still which kind of freaked me out. The second time I was fine...hyper...but fine. Caffeine always gives you that extra kick but there is nothing like the natural 'runner's high' you get after working out etc. I have always drank pop (yes, crap I know) but I have been trying to cut down on that as well. I work with a bunch of people who seem to need their morning coffee before they can talk to you... maybe I would be as chipper if I started the morning coffee habit as well!

Anyway, back to the topic....I think you should probably try and see what is best for you to get you over the hump of starting back into a workout regime. Once you have gotten back into it, I doubt you will 'need' the energy drinks for long. :o)
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Anonymous
How long,..? on Oct 10, 2007 @ 08:10 pm

Just a question:

How long has it been since you've last worked out?

Few months, years, High school gym class...?

Just because sometimes the length of time you have been inactive can have an effect on your motivation...

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spotty
all the time on Oct 11, 2007 @ 11:52 am

I do something active (not always the typical gym routine) practically daily. However, I would think someone who has not worked out in a VERY long time might be even more motivated to exercise than someone like myself, if only for the fact that that its something NEW and EXCITING! For me, its a part of my daily lifestyle, and for that reason, there's nothing exciting about it anymore. But on the bright side, b/c exercise is a part of my lifestyle, its just a part of me that do w/ very little thinking, not a chore that I dread.
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MizzRobin
Getting back into it.... on Oct 11, 2007 @ 04:39 pm

I used to go to dance class once a week and remain active for the rest of the week...no gym working out per se. I had abdominal surgery back in May and the instructions were to not do anything physical til the fall! Anyhoo, I am trying to get back into being active again as well I gotta tell ya close to 6 months of inactivity and no carrying anything more than 10 lbs has left me feeling like a slug! Ah well, I am not sure i will go the energy drink route like the initial post person in this thread but I definitely sympathize with trying to get back into it after not being active for awhile... My thoughts on this are drink coffee or do what you need to do in the short term to get back into it and once you are more in shape, your own endorphins will take over the every kick you need to work out. :o)
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allychick_ling
metro news article on Oct 11, 2007 @ 07:57 pm

Hey there! This morning on the subway, I came across an article from the Metronews. Pg26 "Caffeine OK in Moderation". I find that this will definitely help out. http://www.metronews.ca/uploadedFiles/PDFs/20071011_toronto.pdf

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