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Need More Energy
You’re in the middle of a long workout and wondering how in the world you’re going to muster up enough energy to finish. All exercisers have been there. It’s as though someone has unscrewed the cap and let all the fuel out of your tank. So what should you reach for to help you comfortably finish your workout? Sports-product manufacturers have come up with all sorts of new items to help you do just that. But are they really any better than the old standards: water, a banana or a bagel?
Before we answer that question, a caveat: There is no single solution that works for everyone. Once you explore your options, you can determine which is best for your body’s particular needs.
Choices, Choices, Choices
If this is the case, energy bars or gels and sports drinks may be the answer to your depleted energy supply. What follows is a breakdown of the pros and cons of each of your options.
This can occur in as little as 30 minutes of exercise, depending upon the environment and your intensity.
This increased heart rate, combined with inefficient cooling, causes your temperature to elevate. This not only compromises performance, but can lead to heat illness as well.
Research shows that runners and cyclists who consume a sports drink during races not only finish more quickly, but rate their exertion levels lower than those who consumed a placebo beverage.
It is important to realize, however, that this was true only during longer-duration activities. You should be able to complete your 30-minute run or 45-minute step class without the aid of additional carbohydrates.
Energy Gels and Bars
At 110 to 250 (or more) calories each, energy bars also provide extra vitamins, minerals and fiber, which ups their nutritional value considerably. But eating an energy gel or bar is not enough. You must also consume enough fluid to replace what’s been lost to help speed digestion.
How you choose to refuel during a workout depends on your body’s reaction to what you put in it. For sessions lasting less than an hour, water is sufficient, as long as you consume at least 4 to 10 ounces every 15 minutes.
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