Thursday, August 11, 2011

What I Learned: Gatorade Moms

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.
Please don't take it from me; I'm no expert. Go to the Gatorade Moms website for recipes, real mom stories, and articles on health and nutrition for young people. While you're there make sure to take the BECOME pledge. Let's all help to make the young people in our lives the best they can be. On the field or off.

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!
Headless Mom


HolyMama! said...

i only knew the 3rd one - the no slosh one fascinates me. i'll have to try! i'm a definite gatorade mom, this time of year. okay, every time of year. : )

Jenny said...

Wow, I never knew about the no-sloshing thing....seems opposite of what I thought.
Hydration is key....all day long, not just during workouts. We have had 2 high school athletes die this month from heat stroke.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Those are interesting facts!