Sports Active believes gym-goers who buy energy sports drinks are “wasting their money”

Sports Active believes gym-goers who buy energy sports drinks are “wasting their money”

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has dismissed suggestions that gym-goers who buy energy sports drinks are "wasting their money".

According to Nick Hudson, national fitness manager for Virgin Active, sports drinks may be suitable for people training for events such as marathons, but that many exercisers just end up consuming lots of extra calories," the Irish Independent reported today (4 October).

He added that those doing workouts of less than two hours did "not really benefit from the drinks", and that many sports energy beverages are simply "calorie drinks" meaning that you'll have to train "longer or harder to shift the calories".

However, a spokesperson for BSDA said: "Sports drinks are designed with the help of the latest sports science and there is a range of them, each intended for a specific sporting purpose or need.

"Hypotonic drinks provide hydration, isotonic drinks offer a rapid energy uptake, and hypertonic drinks are there for maximum energy," the trade body added. "As you would with the equipment or footwear you need, it makes sense to choose the right drink for your exercise routine."