Gatorade Makes Being a Sports Mom Easier Than Ever
Sometimes I wonder how it is that I possibly gave birth to all these athletic little people. I still duck and cover when someone throws something to me,having been traumatized by one too many PE class as a kid. Sports, running, sweating… not really my thing.
But now I have kids who love sports. Who are the happiest when they are playing football or baseball. Or riding their skateboards. Or trying new dives off the diving board.
And my job as their mother has evolved from merely chauffeuring them around from practice to practice, to looking out for their well being as an athlete both on and off the field. I check their sports equipment, make sure everything fits and is sized correctly, make sure they have everything necessary at practices and games, and unfortunately, tend to their injuries. However, there are some things that are avoidable by paying attention to their diets.
Here in the blazing heat of Texas one of my primary concerns is my children staying well hydrated. When the temperatures are over 100 degrees and the kids are wearing heavy sports equipment and helmets it is this is particularly important to be vigilant about fluid intake.
All day long I remind my children to drink and take in fluids, even if they aren’t thirsty. It drives them a little bit crazy, but hey, none of them have dropped from heat exhaustion and dehydration so I think I am doing my job right.
Making wise food choices pre and post activities is so important. I used to think it was just “serious” athletes who had to worry about their carbs and proteins, but I have learned that this isn’t the case. I try to serve them a meal two hours before practice or games that will give them the energy they need to perform their best, usually something that is carbohydrate heavy. You don’t want to be feeding them hamburgers or other fatty fast foods in the car on the way to the practices or games. I have seen way too many kids throwing up on the sidelines and quickly learned what to do to avoid that. I always have a stash of protein bars in my bag for the car ride home.
My kids have always been fans of Gatorade. And Gatorade now has products that help athletes before, during and after their practices and games. They recommend athletes drink their G Series 01 Prime fifteen minutes before exercise to give them pre-game fuel in the form of carbohydrates. After exercise 10-20 grams of protein should be eaten to restore energy and repair the muscles after exercise, Gatorade recommends the G Series 03 Recover.
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