Not only better, faster, but more enjoyable
Any amateur athlete knows that enjoyment is one of the most important part of why we exercise. Why spend all this time logging hours and hours if the pleasure isn’t there? Integral part of exercising pleasure is to know how to utilize energy from food to fuel the body but at the same time make sure the food does not “get in the way” of the exercise. But how do you do that?

Timing is essential
To put it in simple terms, timing is essential when preparing for a workout or for competition. If timing is correct, and the diet is generally a healthy one, the foundation for a good workout are set, whether it be a run, swim or bike ride. On the other hand, if timing is wrong, a great workout or a competition can take a seriously wrong turn and end prematurely.

Carbohydrates are the preferred energy source for most endurance athletes
The type of athlete you are, how fast you do things, how long they take and the intensity at which your workout is done ate, determine which energy you use to fuel your body during exercise. Carbohydrates are the most used energy for most endurance athlete. For example, most amateur runners run 10K, half-marathons and full marathons, although some do participate in longer runs. Most run at a pace from about 6:50 min/mile (4:15 min/km) to about 10:20 min/mile (6:20 min/km) and under those conditions our bodies to a greatest extend prefer to use carbohydrate as fuel. Obviously, not all runners within this span of pace utilize carbohydrate the same way as the body uses more fat as energy as the pace gets higher (speed decreases). I go into detail on this topic in a post on my site (Are you a runner and looking into high-fat, low-carb diet? Then you must read this).

So take a look around on my site. Hopefully some of my posts will help you become a better athlete, whether you are a top level athlete or a weekend warrior. Also, if there is anything you would like for me to write about, please send me an e-mail and I’ll see what I can do.

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Kind regards,
Steinar [Stain-R]

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