A couple of years ago I had the bad luck to catch a virus that my two year old daughter picked up at her daycare. Thankfully she only got a mild cold. I got viral myocarditis – basically the virus went into my heart and caused loads of very painful inflammation.
Until that point I was doing reasonably well with sticking to an exercise routine. But after the illness I could barely walk up a flight of stairs. And if I did make it up the stairs I’d have to rest for a few minutes to recover. Suddenly I was in the worst shape of my life.
So as an exercise physiologist I decided to use myself as a test subject and experiment. I went back to my research and explored what was needed to get back into good physical condition as fast as I could, and to lose as much body fat as possible. I wanted to get fit and get lean.
On the eve of the Winter Olympics we’re asking - can sport products make us push farther, run faster, become fitter?
We’re holding our own trials and asking some of Canada’s greatest Olympians what works for them. Clara Hughes and Simon Whitfield join co-host Tom Harrington as Marketplace digs into the world of sports drinks, performance foods and specialized athletic gear.
Drinks replenish electrolytes, but most of us don’t need them
By Megan Griffith-Greene / Marketplace, CBC News Posted: Jan 31, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 31, 2014 3:54 PM ET
If you’re grabbing a sports drink to replenish your electrolytes after exercise, you could actually be working against your workout.
Quick! What’s the most important thing for health? Breathing? Yes, stop breathing and you’ll die in a few minutes. We’ll get to that later. How about the second most important thing for staying alive? Any guesses? Exactly! Water. Water is absolutely vital to a body’s function and survival. Stop being hydrated for a few days and you stop living. Remember the remarkable story of the Bangladeshi woman who survived 17 days in the wreckage of a collapsed garment building? She managed that near impossible feat because she had found some bottled water.
Right now I want to explain why water matters so much.