Originally Posted by LisaClarke
So I am generally just a tired person you could say, and my riding sort of suffers from that. I plan on drinking some redbull tomorrow before my lesson so I can have some energy. Does anybody else drink energy drinks before riding? If so how long does the "energy" last for? Am I going to get a heart attack from drinking one and then riding, lol. I am kind of nervous to drink it.
I don't know about a heart attack. While technically possible, there are several things you can ingest that would put you at a greater risk for heart attack if you were pre-disposed.
The fact is, all these energy drinks are NOT good for you. I am surprised at how popular they are when so many people are focused on "health." You may as well buy some black beauties (uppers) on a street corner.
Energy drinks are basically a high dosage of caffeine and sugar. One can argue about the safety of the amounts in a "serving" of "energy drink," but many believe it is too much.
Sugar and caffeine will give you a quick rush (I hesitate to call it "energy). The problem is that the energy is short lived and once the effect wears off you "crash." So after a short time (depends on the person - I guess it can be an hour or so, for me it lasts no more than 15-20 minutes) you end up worse than where you started. So you end up _needing_ more energy drink and the cycle perpetuates itself. I am no doctor, but common sense would indicate it can't be good to keep feeding your body artificial stimulants.
If you want more energy, there are ways to do it:
1. Get enough sleep (different people need different amounts)
2. Exercise regularly (real exercise)
3. Eat properly. Stay away from the junk food and stimulants like caffeine
Since you should be doing at least #2 or #3 upon advice from a doctor, you can also ask him/her about vitamin supplements. If feeling tired all the time after following 1-3, you may have a deficiency of iron, B-vitamins, etc. A doctor is best to evaluate and advise on your situation.
More information than you probably wanted, but I have a real peeve with these "energy drinks" that IMO are not a good thing.