(I didn't even have to set up this photo. This is what the little league dugout looks like all the time.)
What did you do Friday? I spent the afternoon perusing slides of urine colors and sweat stains. And it was fascinating -- really!
I took part in a blogger conference call with Gatorade Sports Science Institute scientist Lisa Esposito who discussed the science of sports nutrition for young athletes.
I've got one of those -- my 12-year-old son plays baseball and golf, sweats buckets and goes through a lot of Gatorade year round.
We usually stick with the lower-calorie G2 line (that way, diet-obsessed Mom can grab a bottle for the gym). But I also learned of Gatorade's new G Series FIT line, which only has 20 calories per bottle. All the Gatorade beverages (the during-workout drinks in the G Series) have electrolytes to replenish the nutrients lost during a sweaty workout.
This is where I learned about those sweat stains. People who leave sweat stains on their clothes (or baseball caps), lose more electrolytes than regular "sweaters." Those electrolytes are crucial for performance and to prevent muscle cramping.
Now, about those "pee charts." It's all about proper hydration and making sure your urine is light colored -- that way you know you're drinking enough fluids. We learned that many kids actually start out their game or practice slightly dehydrated and if they don't properly hydrate, will finish the game really dehydrated. So make your kids start loading up on fluids in the car on the way to the field. They'll perform better if they're well hydrated.
If you want to learn more about the science behind Gatorade, check out the Gatorade Moms site. You can learn about the entire product line, pick up tips and advice, meet the experts and the Gatorade Moms, the nurturing women behind the sports stars.
We got to speak with one of those moms, Stephanie Hamm, mom of soccer superstar and Olympian Mia Hamm. Stephanie raised six kids and did her share of Sports Mom duties. We talked about motivation, support, nutrition and how to juggle it all. Hey, if she could do it with six kids, I can certainly do it with one!
You can learn about the Hamm family's sports history by checking out this video.
Now for a fabulous prize
I'm giving away a $100 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. That'll buy a lot of athletic supporters. (Does your kid leave them all over the house like mine does?) All you need to do is tell me:
What kind of Sports Mom are you? Baseball? Soccer? Cheerleading? All of the above? And how do you and your kids juggle it all?
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