Positive and Negative Effects Of Energy Drinks On Athletes

positive and negative effects of energy drinks

Energy drinks are causing positive and negative effects on athletes

In other articles we have discussed a lot of negative effects that energy drinks can cause to dental health. Some new research has shown other negative effects on our health as well. This study shows positive and negative effects of energy drinks on athletes.

Some negative effects of energy drinks on athletes are an increase of insomnia, nervousness and high levels of stimulation in the hours following competition. Some positive effects were that the athletes saw improvements of between 3 and 7 percent in their sports performance.

The four year study which was conducted by researchers from Camilo Jose Cela University observed top athletes who took the equivalent of three cans of energy drink or an energy drink placebo before their competitions.

Read more about this study and the positive and negative effects of energy drinks by reading the article found on Med India here: Energy Drinks Cause Insomnia and Nervousness in Athletes.

Making Fitness a Family Affair

Today is National Family Health and Fitness Day! Obesity has become a serious national problem, not only for adults but children as well. Obesity can lead to health problems such as heart disease, type II diabetes and some forms of cancer.

Research shows that children who live inactive lifestyles continue the pattern into adulthood. Forming healthy habits early in life is essential. Many people are looking for ways to increase their overall health and fitness. So, make it a family affair!

Keep things simple. The most important thing is to get out and get moving.

Swimming is a great family activity. It’s something that most children enjoy and it is great exercise. You can burn up to 300 calories in only one hour of swimming.



Many people enjoy heading to the mountains for a camping getaway. It can be relaxing to leave behind the grind of everyday life and enjoy fresh air and nature. Going out for a day hike is a great alternative to walking or running.


If taking off to the mountains isn’t an option, something as simple as going on a walk or a bike ride around town will do. The US surgeon general recommends that everyone walk at least 10,000 steps a day. A fun idea is to give everyone a pedometer and see who¬†takes the most amount of steps in any given day.


Try the backyard or a neighboring park. Depending on the number in your family, you could get a game of kickball going or play some favorite childhood games such as tag, relay races, jump rope or hopscotch. You could also get the community involved. Invite neighbors to a friendly fitness competition.


Work together. Performing mundane chores can increase your activity level. Housework such as sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and yard work can help burn calories. Turn on some music and make it fun. Also, seasonal chores such as raking leaves, shoveling snow and gardening can be rewarding and enjoyable.



Video Games have become very popular within the last decade. Many consoles like the Wii have special programs that promote fitness like Wii sports, Just Dance or the Wii Fit. It can chart your progress and give helpful suggestions. You can also get a friendly competition going between players.


Many different charities and foundations sponsor fitness events for fundraisers. Often communities will host marathons, half-marathons and 5K and other races. Together as a family you can train and work toward participating in such an event.


It doesn’t always have to be something big and fancy. Sometimes just getting out of the house and moving is important. Go on a family treasure hunt. Make a list of special treasures you want to look for and then hit the streets to find them.

Try to do some sort of physical activity together at least three times a week for 30 minutes. Then plan a bigger activity such as a day hike, once a week. Any little bit of activity helps.


Taking time to be active as a family will not only aid in the overall health and fitness of everyone but will also create strong relationship and bonds that will last a lifetime.