This is not a compensated post. I was given some Gatorade products to thank me for my time but no way told what to write. Thank you to the Gatorade team for an informative session and I hope I can pass along the knowledge to my readers.
It's that time of year again. Not only are we getting our kids back to school, we're also getting them back on the field. My son started football 3 weeks ago! Yes, that means practice in dessert-like heat. If you have kids starting sports practices too then this information is for you.
While at the BlogHer conference I was lucky enough to be invited to a special sports' moms session hosted by Gatorade. It was one of my favorite sessions of the conference-I felt like it was written for me and where my kids are in their journey.
Some of the interesting things I learned were:
- During exercise it is better to gulp your water or sports drink vs. taking small sips. The stomach will empty faster, leaving less 'sloshing'. Who knew?
- For athletes that need to lose weight for a weigh in, (Hello, exactly what we're doing right now with my HB#2,) increasing protein and vegetable intake and only reducing carbs, (not eliminating them,) is the best way to go. The carbs supply energy for those intense workouts, and if they are skipped your child can feel light headed, or worse.
- Athletes need protein within 30 minutes of their workout for essential muscle repair and recovery.
PS-I shot some footage for them and will let you know how it turns out later in the fall when they publish it. It was really fun!