I have seen people drinking the entire bottle of sports drink right after exercising. This method of drinking is not right. Sports drink is not meant to be guzzled at the end of a long workout. Instead, one should sip every 10 to 15 minutes during a workout.
As I mentioned in the article of Is It Safe to Drink Sports Drink On Regular Basis, the main benefit of sports beverages is to help keep people hydrated and supplied with energy throughout the exercise. These drinks contain carbohydrate, sodium, potassium and other substances. The carbohydrate in these drinks provides energy, especially when we have used up much of our glycogen (stored carbohydrates).
Therefore, you should not drink only when you are thirsty. Sip the drink every now and then, when you are sweating during a workout. If you are just walking for 15 minutes under a cool weather, water is still a better choice.
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