At SDJ Sports we appreciate that if you are new to cycling the sport can appear to be confusing with so many different styles of riding, racing, bicycles and not forgetting the all important riding accessories, clothing and equipment!
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;
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.
Energy bars are used by many to fulfil the nutritional requirements of exercise before, during and after. There are many types and brands available. These bars are designed to get high levels of energy into your body to have replenish what has been used. They have high levels of sodium to assist hydration, and offer slow release complex carbohydrates so although the calorie content maybe similar to a Mars Bar it is digested and refuels your body in a much more targeted way. Popular brands for this type of bar are Torq, SIS, High5 and ZipVit.
Recovery bars are also very popular now. The main 4 brands also offer a range of these to complement the Energy Bars. The Protein and Whey specific bars target muscle recovery for those that race or ride hard.