Sports nutrition is a key area of any sporting individuals understanding and awareness to perfectly fuel your body before and during activity and repair your body after activity. Correct sports nutrition can help reduce injury by helping your muscles hold the power required to maintain exercise.
Please note that this is a general guide and we recommend you seek independent nutritional advice if you are unsure.
Modern nutrition products are;
- Energy Bars
- Energy Gels
- Energy Tablets
- Energy Powders
All are convenient and easy to carry. Require very little prep. Most of the products are ready to go out of the packet or simply require mixing with water. They are just on the taste buds and stomach so they don't repeat on you during exercise.
- Carbohydrates are key to exercise as they are a macro-nutrient that provide energy to the blood stream and glycogen to your muscles.
- As the body can only store a limited number of carbohydrates, it is important to replenish your energy stores to maintain the intensity of your work out. When glycogen levels decrease your muscles will begin to use fat as its main fuel source. This is recognisable as a loss of energy and a feeling of tiredness. A wide range of gels, bars, and drinks to top up your energy levels during exercise are available from a number of brands. They are designed to deliver fast absorbing carbohydrates to the muscles to maintain your energy and improve performance during work outs.
- Your body needs to be cared for post exercise as your body will need to be re hydrated and re energised. Most recovery products contain carbohydrates for glycogen renewal, protein and glutamine for muscle repair and also electrolytes to aid your hydration.
- A simple yet effective tool in your energy arsenal. These tablets are designed to just drop in you bottle of water. Amazingly adding these to your fluid helps the body to absorb and hydrate faster than just water on its own. You would use these alongside other energy products as they offer very little by the way of energy, most contain less than 1 calorie. Like with all other energy nutrition these come a vast range of flavours from all brands including SIS, Nuun, High5 and Torq.