This article was published on March 17th, 2014
With weight loss, gym workouts, and everyday exercise, the secret to complete health is eating healthy. But when runners get together, there’s something far more important than good nutrition alone. That’s because endurance athletes need more than good nutrition.
Marathon runners rely on sports nutrition such as blocks, jellies and, primarily, running gels. Using nutritional supplements while gives runners a competitive edge and lets the body perform to its greatest potential.
Gels are a quick energy nutrition supplement. Gels are one of the most trusted and valuable sources of nutrition for runners while running. Gels replenish the large amounts of electrolytes, which the body loses from intense sweating, and glycogen, from the carb-burning exercises.
Runners should consume a gel with 500ml of water every 40 minutes on long distance runs. Drinking water helps the blood absorb the nutrition quickly and efficiently.
The ‘fast-energy’, easy-to-consume gels are the ideal concentrated source of carbohydrate that will improve performance during intense athletic exercise. Try out as many brands as you like while training; it’s not training if you aren’t improving and discovering how to help your body be better every time.
One of the most popular gels is the PowerBar carbohydrate-electrolyte blend. This specific mix of glucose and fructose is proven to increase performance by 8 percent during events that require strong endurance. The new tangerine flavor has more electrolytes, especially important to use on longer runs.
New to running? Make sure you know which food groups to eat before, during and after a run.