Create your own endurance drinks

Monday , August 06, 2012 - 3:13 PM

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Some athletes are choosing water and real food instead of sports drinks and processed bars and gels....

Ashley Dunn

Take a look at the most popular endurance sport drinks, and you’ll notice a surprising similarity in ingredients.

There are carbohydrates (usually in the form of sugar), sodium, potassium and sometimes a touch of protein.

You’ll notice something else — these drinks are expensive.

It can cost $1.75 or more to fill one 24-ounce water bottle — and you have to drink a bottle an hour to keep up a good flow of nutrients and liquid while you work out.

There’s an easy way around the expense: making your own endurance drink. It may not have all the bells and whistles of the top brands, but it should be more than enough for a long ride or run into the mountains. After all, water is the most crucial ingredient, and it’s free.

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