We are often told we need to supplement our micronutrient intake, with commonly touted micronutrients including vitamin supplements, nitrates and magnesium. So should you really be supplementing these? Or are they just a waste of your money?
Amino acid supplements often claim to improve recovery time, but do they really work?
Superfoods and antioxidants – do they really make you a healthier person, or is it just a clever marketing tool?
Energy bars can be expensive, especially if you’re cycling a lot. If you’re on a budget, it may help to make your own. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started, and a few suggestions to mix it up to use again and again.
Some scientific studies have cast a light on the dim area of cycling and exercise nutrition, and the results may surprise you. Here’s some tips on how to fuel during a ride and how to recover faster.
People like to talk about protein supplements, but most people don’t really know how to use them correctly, and unless you’re using your protein supplements right, you’re probably wasting your money.
Carbohydrates are the immediate energy supply for your muscles, providing far more bang for your buck than protein or fats.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that you’ve got to stay hydrated whilst out on the bike, but just how important is it to get your fluid intake right? Probably more than you might think.
Always eat before starting your morning training. Sleeping depletes the liver’s store of glycogen, which is the major store of carbohydrate for blood sugar regulation. When this is reduced, your blood sugar level drops and fatigue sets in, making concentration difficult – particularly disadvantageous if you’re using your training session to learn a new technique.
Getting your nutrition and hydration strategy is vital and can make a huge difference to your performance and enjoyment levels during both training and racing. Fueling long sessions is often the most difficult. You’re out training for such a long time, often without access to proper foods – limited by what you can carry in your pockets.