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Powerade Sports Drink… Just what I need to keep me pumped!

by on Aug 27th, 2011

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Whenever we join fun runs, one thing we always look for is the hydration booth! A friend of mine even uses this as her “motivation” to keep running – so she can reach the hydration booth and quench her thirst! I’ve even heard a couple of runners dislike a run or rant about it just because they felt there weren’t enough hydration booths! Though it is not advisable to drink too much when running, or doing any sport, it is still very important to keep ourselves hydrated to prevent dizziness and fatigue. Drinking my glass or bottle of POWERADE does the trick!


So what is Powerade?

Powerade is a scientifically formulated sports drink that NOT ONLY quenches your thirst but also replenishes the lost fluid and electrolytes in the body after exercise or any physical activity (ehem, running!)


Fluid replacement is important as it compensates for those which are lost during perspiration or sweating (specially for athletes like us) Don’t worry though, drinking this would not make you fatter since it’s just 84 calories (250mL) per serving!


Powerade is a Global brand from the Coca-Cola Company. It is made by the Coca-Cola company and is the official sports drink of the Olympic Games and the official hydrators of the 2010 FIFA World Cup


It’s available in three flavors – Berry Ice (red), Mountain Blast (blue) and Orange Burst (orange) to encourage people to drink enough fluids in the form of a sports drink. MOUNTAIN BLAST is my FAVORITE!



Why are Electrolytes and Carbohydrates Important?

  •  Electrolytes are ions which have special functions in our body. Powerade currently has two  – sodium and potassium which help drive thirst and promotes water balance in your system.
  • These help prevent being short of breath and muscle cramps so in the end make you become your best self and do better.
  • Carbohydrates in sports drink, in the form of sugar, will give you sustained energy in your sports or exercise and keep those muscles working
  • Water alone will not provide these support to step-up your game and keep playing


One rule we learned in school or from our parents is to drink 8 glasses of water a day. When running, a gulp of water every now and then would be good too. Personally though, I prefer having a few gulps of sports/energy drinks rather than water. I’m sure it’s not just in the mind, but I somehow feel that a cup of Powerade gives me the extra boost I need to finish the race.

Is Powerade and Energy Drinks the same?

Though almost all energy drinks give you the promise of feeling energetic and alive to do more, it does not really give your body electrolytes, which are necessary to keeping you hydrated.  You may be able to get a kick out of energy drinks, but you will not have the sustained energy to be able to kick that extra goal unless you drink a sports drink like Powerade.

Why is it important not to get dehydrated?

Dehydration makes exercise feel harder because your heart has to beat faster to get the oxygen and fuel to your muscles that they need. Dehydration can also result in your body temperature increasing during exercise. Sports drinks such as Powerade help to keep your body cool during exercise.


To avoid dehydration and get the most out of yourself and your sports drink, you should drink before, during and after sport. Before sport it is important to hydrate yourself and get fluid into the body. Regular replacement of fluid is the main consideration during any sports event. This can be in the form of plain water for shorter bouts of exercise, but for longer events the fluid should also include small amounts of carbohydrate and electrolytes. Drinking it after a strenuous exercise will help you recover fast so you are ready for the next game.

How much should I drink to get hydrated?

Before you can win, you need to know how much you lose. Get on the scales. Weigh yourself, immediately before and after exercise, you’ll get a good idea of how much fluid you actually lose during exercise. The difference in weight is all the fluid you need to replace.


Any tips for people to get most out of their workout?

  1. Don’t forget to stretch. Start and end your training sessions with stretching exercises to avoid any injuries. Injuries can have unfavorable effects on your training schedule and render you incapable to continue your bid to run.
  2.  Warm ups are important. After stretching at the start of your training session, proceed with a 5-10 minutes of warm up – either an easy jog or a walk would do. This will loosen up your leg muscles to achieve maximum efficiency in your actual training.
  3.  Acclimate gradually. During exercise, do not increase your speed instantly. You have to acclimate to the heat gradually and safely to warm-up and condition your body.
  4.  Dress light and loose. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting and light-colored clothing. Choose sports-specific synthetics over cotton. Tight clothing can be uncomfortable when damp with sweat and dark colors absorb the sun’s light and heat.
  5. Get wet. Don’t forget to drink water to aid yourself in cooling your body during your runs. It’s also refreshing to pour cold water over your head especially when doing endurance training like running or biking long distances. It is more important to replenish lost fluids, carbohydrates and electrolytes with a Sports Drink like Powerade.

So stack up on your POWERADE guys and be ready for your next marathon! :)


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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