GETTYGym workout: Energy drinks have become increasingly popular
As the UK becomes increasingly health-conscious, people are paying more attention to optimising their workout sessions than ever before.
Along with protein shakes and bars, sports energy drinks have become an integral part of the gym routine.
Indeed, our consumption of them soared from 235 to 600 million litres in the UK between 2006 and 2014, and the market is set to be worth £600million by 2020.
The benefits to your workout seem obvious - an extra kilometre on your run, or ten more crunches completed - but unlike a gym membership, energy drinks should be used sparingly.Related articles
GETTYGym workout: Energy drinks can cause heart problems if consumed in large amounts
Energy drinks can be harmful to the heart - either as a single excessive consumption, or consumed chronically over a long period
Dr Alessandro Giardini, a cardiologist for Doctify
In fact, over-consumption of them has been linked to heart disease.
"Energy drinks can be harmful to the heart - either as a single excessive consumption, or consumed chronically over a long period," said Dr Alessandro Giardini, a cardiologist for Doctify.
"While in the past consumption of energy drinks containing caffeine was the prerogative of athletes who used then in moderation to boost their performance, consumption nowadays they are used much more widely by people at the gym for their daily work outs, when they have busy days, or even as a substitute for