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A great idea is to go for the sample packs allowing you to try a variety of products designed to work together, giving you extra performance and helping your body to recovery quicker so you can train harder and more often.
Why use sports nutrition, what its all about?
Sports nutrition addresses the specific nutritional needs of exercise to help you prepare, perform and recover effectively.
Whatever your target, from a gentle gym schedule to becoming a professional athlete, your body needs to be fuelled and looked after properly. Motivating yourself to get up and exercise day after day can be difficult enough, but without the correct recovery, diet and nutrients the body will get run down and be more susceptible to illness, infection and fatigue.
The predominant source of energy in the body is as stored glycogen. This comes from carbohydrates eaten and drunk in your everyday diet, but for high intensity and endurance exercise this source of carbohydrates isn’t always enough to get you through.
A healthy male can store 500g of glycogen – or 2000 kcal of carbohydrates
A healthy female can store 400g of glycogen – or 1600kcal of carbohydrates
The body can digest around 90g of carbohydrate per hour during exercise
Any exercise burns energy. 30 minutes can burn anything from around 100kcal to 500kcal depending on the intensity of the workout, any exercise has been done prior, and the number of muscle groups working. For example, running for 30 minutes at the end of a triathlon burns calories more quickly than running at the same pace for 30 minutes from a rested state. Energy drinks, bars and gels can be used as a quick energy source to replace the calories you’re using during exercise.
Endurance events such as Ironman triathlons require a specific nutritional plan to balance out the energy sources you will be burning during your exercise and the calories you can take on board. You can find sample nutritional strategies under the “Nutrition for your event“” section of our website.
One of the biggest misconceptions regarding hydration is that drinking water alone will keep you hydrated. In reality, as you sweat, your body loses electrolyte salts which are essential to control the transfer of water inside the body.
A 2% loss in body mass through sweat can result in a 10% loss in performance
There are two major factors that affect how readily fluid will be absorbed. First is the rate at which the fluid drains from the stomach. SiS Go Electrolyte is an isotonic drink, and mixed at 6%-8% carbohydrate solution is the quickest way to get fluids through the stomach. Second is the rate of absorption in the intestine which is controlled by electrolytes, especially sodium and potassium. Both Go Electrolyte and Go Hydro are finely balanced to offer as high a rate of hydration as possible.
Pre-exercise nutrition tips:
Eat a nutritious meal/snack of carbohydrates and protein 90 minutes before exercising.
Take a proven energy product 30 minutes before exercise.
With busy lifestyles and travel in addition to family and work commitments there is a significant challenge to having the right foods at the right time in order to prepare properly for the task ahead. Portable convenient nutritional solutions will help you to optimise your nutritional preparation in order for you to achieve your goals.