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.
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.
The low down on the basics of nutrition.
Food, and by extension nutrition, can be broken down into four major categories; the macronutrients, Fats, Carbohydrates, Proteins and the lesser known Amino acids
The body uses glycogen as it’s primary fuel source during exercise. Compared to proteins and fats, carbohydrates are broken down most easily by the stomach, and should therefore be the predominant (or […]