According to a study by the University of Central Lancashire, gargling and spitting out a sports drink can give you a better workout.
The study showed that cyclists who swished with carbohydrate-rich sports drinks covered more distance and felt less tired.
Study author Lindsey Bottoms says:
“When performing high-intensity exercise lasting less than 60 minutes, using a carbohydrate rinse for 5-10 seconds can improve performance. It could potentially allow you to train harder.”
How it works: Brain scans show that specific regions light up when carbs are in your mouth. The longer you rinse, the more time the carbs have to stimulate sensors in your brain. Bottom explains that it is really a mind trick.
“The concept of mouth rinse supports the idea that the brain is very much playing a key role in fatigue,”
Swishing boost your workout performance 2% and also helps prevent indigestion which people often experience from swallowing carbohydrates during a workout. This study proves to work on short term workouts.
So the next time you get that sports drink, instead of gulping it down, try a gargle.
Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley
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