This question comes up a lot. So here it is. My subjective, blunt response.
Drink water. If you are doing an endurance sport or exercising for an hour or more and are concerned about electrolytes you can make your own beverage by mixing organic lemon or lime juice, water and a pinch of unprocessed, unheated salt such as sea salt or pink Himalayan salt. Also, try coconut water. It’s high in electrolytes but reserve this for high sweat times as it is high in natural sugars.
BTW, consuming in small sips is better than large gulps…I think you knew this.
Don’t waist you time or money on the “sports drinks” or other sugary beverages. Not only do many have processed sugar in them, they also can have High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is linked to weight gain and obesity. Yes, by drinking these you may be consuming more calories than you burn…not cool.
That’s it. Short and not so sweet. Go grab your water or make your drink and have a great workout!
Just saw this article on water, “The Fourth Phase of Water”
All water is not the same…It’s worth reading the article