The never surrender mindset is only possible when you are fuelled by science.
Giving up is not an option.
Carbohydrate is the main fuel source for high intensity exercise and is stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen.
When you exercise, this carbohydrate is broken down into glucose and transported to the muscles to be used as energy. You will not be able to perform at your best without sufficient carbohydrate stores and you could ‘hit the wall’.
As little as a 2% reduction in body weight due to sweat loss can cause dehydration, which is associated with an increase in heart rate and body temperature.
This can decrease mental stimulation, concentration and overall performance. Appropriate sodium intake along with fluid can optimise hydration, which is especially important when sweat rates are high.
During intense conditioning exercise muscle fibres tear, which is what causes muscle soreness. Muscle fibres are made from amino acids known as the building blocks of protein.
Muscle protein synthesis is the process of rebuilding these muscle fibres. Consuming high quality protein with a full amino acid profile can help initiate protein synthesis.
The aim of recovery is to make the most out of your training, increase adaptations and be ready to train again with minimal fatigue. During high intensity exercise, your body will use up its carbohydrate stores.
You must replace this, along with essential electrolytes that are lost through sweat to prepare your body to go again.
At any level, time lost through injury or illness can have a negative impact on performance. Missing training days, not being able to meet the physiological demands of training sessions and ill health come race-day all reduce an individual’s chances of being at their best.
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