Sports Nutritionist Nancy Clark, MS, RD reports on two interesting tricks to improve performance in the article ‘Sports Nutrition News from the American College of Sports Medicine' at beginnertriathelete.com.
Should I Drink Gatorade During Long Runs?
Clark states that the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) found that after rinsing their mouths for five seconds with a sports drink, fasting athletes were able to run 365 meters longer in the time trial.
I sometimes skip water stations during long races if I feel too hydrated (water sloshing in my tummy), but if swishing Gatorade and spitting it out will possibly improve my endurance, I might give it a try.
Best Cure for Muscle Cramps
ACSM also found that about 25% of athletic trainers use pickle juice to treat muscle cramps. Apparently ingesting 1 to 2 ounces of pickle juice relieves cramps within 35 seconds.
Have you tried pickle juice for cramps? I would see a market for selling a packet of pickle juice similar to the packets of energy gel on the market if this is a proven remedy. I wonder if this includes diaphragm cramps as well.
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