Why Are Sports Drinks Better Than Water?

Why Are Sports Drinks Better Than Water?why are sports drinks better than water

There’s a constant debate in baseball circles about what’s better – water or sports drinks? What helps you get through a long baseball game and keeps you energized throughout? Why are sports drinks better than water, as so many people suggest?

Water is essential for the human body, and during a game, a baseball player would lose a lot of water and would need to be constantly hydrated. That’s why the most important factor to be considered here is hydration, or, in particular, fluid replacement. Keeping this in mind, let’s talk about what works best for you and discuss why sports drinks are better than water.

Keeping The Body Hydrated

As you exercise, or go through a full baseball game, the body loses a good amount of water or fluid, through sweat. The lost fluids need to be replaced, and the body has to be kept hydrated. Why is fluid replacement or keeping the body hydrated so important?

Water is essential for your health. It keeps your heart rate normal, supplies oxygen and nutrients to the various Why sports drinks are better than waterinternal organs in the body, and gets rid of toxic impurities from the body. The blood is basically composed of water and water also forms a large part of the body’s weight. Water regulates the body’s temperature.

While the elevated level of activity experienced during a baseball game or working out is beneficial for your muscles, as they get a real work out, you’ll also lose plenty of water, especially if the conditions are really hot out there.

Always avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol before, during, and even after the game. These drinks are diuretics and actually make you lose water.

In fact, you may lose as much as 2 to 6% of your body weight during a game, and almost all of the weight loss may be attributed to losing water through sweat. Add in an especially humid day and these numbers can increase dramatically. And if you don’t get enough water during a game, you’re likely to feel dizzy, get cramps, feel severely exhausted, and may even suffer from heat stroke. Certainly, not a pretty situation to be in!

So, Again, Why Are Sports Drinks Better Than Water?

The point made here, so far, in the debate about why sports drinks are better than water, is that water is essential for you. Should you have just water, or have water in the form of a sports drink? Well, there’s nothing wrong with having pure water, whether before the game, during, or after it. Indeed, you can never go wrong with having plenty of water during a baseball game.

But Does Having a Sports Drink Instead Of Water Have Additional Advantages?

There’s much to be said in favor of sports drinks. They keep the body hydrated, just as water does. Plus, they have a why sports drinks are better than waterdistinct taste and flavor to them, which many athletes find appealing. In fact, if you’re one of those people who like the taste of a sports drink, you’d probably prefer a sports drink to water in a competitive game.

You drink a sports drink, not just because you know it helps to keep you hydrated, but also because you like how it tastes – this is a major advantage a sports drink has over water. It would mean that you’ll have more fluids in your system, and be better hydrated. Basically, if you like the taste, you will most likely drink more.

The other advantage is that sports drinks contain electrolytes and carbohydrates. You may not need them while exercising or physically exerting yourself for a short burst of time, but during a baseball game, which can last for hours, it’s always better to keep your body supplied with electrolytes and carbohydrates, as your body would require all the energy it can get. You get this in sports drinks, not in water.

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While this debate may never be settled, I personally feel that sports drinks during the game replenish lost fluids better than water.

How Much Water or Sports Drink Should You Have During a Baseball Game?

You should have a water bottle or a sports drink close at hand at all times during a baseball game. You should drink before the game, throughout the game and after the game. Just don’t allow yourself to get thirsty for any length of time and don’t get dehydrated, no matter what.

Have around 16-32 ounces of your favorite sports drink or water during a game. More or less is perfectly o.k. There is no magic number of ounces to keep you going. My best advice is; if your thirsty, drink!

Always keep in mind that on those really humid days, the body will lose fluids at a much faster rate. It’s always a Why sports drinks are better than watergood idea to have a water cooler right on the bench, that way if someone forgets their drink, you won’t have to worry about them getting dehydrated.

It’s a good idea to pre-hydrate your body before the game even starts. Have 8 to 24 ounces of water an hour before the game.

I hope you found this article informative and helpful. Keep in mind that I am not a doctor; nor do I play one on t.v. 🙂 These tips are my own best practices that I have found to work the best for me over the years.

Whether you go the water route, or decide that you prefer a sports drink, just please stay hydrated! Thanks for stopping by. ~Jeremy

P.S. The best way I have found to save a little money, is to buy the Gatorade powder packs. You can make up to 9 gallons of Gatorade with this thirst quencher mix.

Author: Jeremy

Hi. I'm Jeremy. I am a lifelong baseball fan, player, coach & Dad. I have been around the great game of baseball for 30+ years and look forward to sharing everything I know with you. If you ever need a hand with anything, just let me know! Thanks for stopping by. ~Jeremy

14 thoughts on “Why Are Sports Drinks Better Than Water?

  1. Cathy

    Hi Jeremy,

    Although I don’t do baseball, I run a bit and I certainly prefer sport drinks more than water after a 10km race. You could feel the difference having electrolytes in your body versus just plain water. It’s very revitalizing and you feel great even when your legs are sore.

    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi Cathy! I agree with you 100%. I can definitely feel the difference when having a Gatorade over water. I love water, but I prefer sports drinks during and after intense activities. Thanks for stopping by. ~Jeremy

  2. Peggy Menke

    Hello, Jeremy. Another great post. You are right about all of us needing water, but to me it’s very important to drink sports drinks as they give us that extra boost that our bodies need. Thanks for this information!

    1. Jeremy Post author

      Thank you Peggy! I definitely prefer an ice cold Gatorade during a game, keeps me going. Thanks for stopping by. ~Jeremy

  3. yunier

    This was a very informative read Jeremy ! As a pretty active person Gatorade is always awesome 🙂

    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hey Yunier! I’m glad you found the article informative. Gatorade is definitely awesome. When I’m playing baseball with the kids, we always make sure to bring a few with us. Thanks for stopping by. ~Jeremy

  4. Elma Forsberg

    Nice site you have and good information for those who like to sport. And how important it is to drink while sporting.

    1. Jeremy Post author

      Thank you Elma! Staying hydrated while playing sports is definitely very important. Thank you for dropping by and come back any time. ~Jeremy

  5. CallumW

    This is great stuff as i have a hard time drinking water when i’m exercising. I tend to find sports drinks better because it gives you a lot of energy and it doesn’t bloat you up when doing your exercises.

    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hey Callum! I agree. I love water, but during most strenuous activities I prefer a Gatorade. Thanks for stopping by. ~Jeremy

  6. Colton

    Awesome, I always made sure I had some sort of sports drink with me back in my sporting high school days. Definitely keeps any player of any sport super hydrated that’s for sure!

    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi Colton! I played some of my high school sports in Florida and I can remember drinking a Gatorade what seemed like every other inning, and on the off inning a 5 gallon bucket of water! Sports drinks will definitely help to keep you hydrated. Thanks for stopping by. ~Jeremy

  7. tony

    outstanding site with great content pertaining keeping hydrated which is extremely important for people performing any type of activity, especially sports that burn or use a lot of energy.

    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hey Tony. Keeping the body hydrated is definitely important. Thanks for dropping by. ~Jeremy


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