If you're wanting to boost your running performance, energy drinks can be a big help. However, it's a flooded market out there and some are a lot better than others. Consider our expert recommendations on the best energy drinks for runners.
While energy boosters and supplements can be useful, we want to stress how important a healthy, balanced diet is. Energy drinks are an extra, not to replace the nutritious food you need.
The drinks listed below cover a range of uses and all have a purpose within running training. Some are best consumed pre-workout like those caffeine-rich options, others high in energy and carbs work best when used during, and those with a big dose of protein are best used post-session to help speed up recovery.
Best energy drink for athletes
15 x 70ml
As the most hyped ergogenic (performance-enhancing) aid of recent years, beetroot juice - like
Granted, what is the 'best coffee' is highly subjective. But we place Cafédirect (the stronger the
3. Nuun Sport
Best for electrolytes
Fruit Punch and Strawberry Lemonade 4-Pack
With little in the way of sugar or caffeine, what does Nuun bring to the table? Electrolytes. And
4. Red Bull
Best for a big energy hit
12 x 250ml
Beyond an F1 team, extreme cliff-diving and other adrenaline-fuelled sports, Red Bull still have
Best protein water
10 x 500ml Mixed Variety Flavour Pack
We’d always advise being wary of ‘low-calorie water’ because water has no calories. But the 20g of
Best energy drink powder
This powder from Tailwind mixes with water (2-3 scoops per 590-710ml) to power you up with
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