Nutrition For Endurance Sports
Endurance athletes need to subscribe to different nutritional principles than bodybuilders or people who don’t work out. Here are three of the top nutritional tips for endurance athletes in training:
Get the right amount of carbs in your pre workout meal
Your pre workout meal is the most important meal in relation to your training.
>Make sure you get the right mix of carbs, protein and fat for maximum performance. It is also a good idea to make a small list of foods you know work well and don’t give you stomach problems and stick to them. There is nothing worse than getting all geared up for a workout then 15 minutes in getting a cramp because of something you ate.
In-Workout nutrition is extremely important
If you are going to be working out for more than 90 minutes at a time, it is important to consume some carbs during your workout. Most athletes like to have an easily digestible sports drink like Gatorade, or even a carbohydrate gel. Whatever you decide, make sure you refuel while you exercise.
Don’t go overboard
The last tip is to not go overboard in your food consumption, and carb consumption in particular. When athletes work out, they sometimes have problems accurately determining how many calories they have actually burned, and eat a lot more than they should. Track your workouts and try your best to calculate how many calories you need to replace – don’t guess!
Maintaining proper nutritional intake during training can be quite difficult, especially if you don’t have much experience. Follow the tips above, and consider visiting a dietician that focuses on endurance athletes. They will be able to help you develop a nutritional plan that will help you progress in your training faster than you thought possible!
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