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Eating during sports

Eating during sports

Eating during sports

Not only is it important to eat well before and after sporting activity (to restore forces without a full stomach, and to recover all lost when we finished). It is also really crucial to eat well while doing sport, especially if the activity will last several hours. No one could argue that half hour jogging (after which you can stand for a few seconds to drink water from the fountain) is not the same as to run a half marathon, play an extended game of tennis or a basketball…

Each kind of sport results in different degree of weariness, so that the nutrient supply and replenish it during activity differs somewhat. We are going to discuss how to make some athletes to recharge:

• Cycling is undoubtedly one of the sports where physical load is huge. It is also important that cyclists go drinking and eating small nutrient occasionally, thinking for the future, to avoid performance degradation. In mountain stages, right after crowning a peak and building on downs before there is a new and demanding stretch, well hydrated and dressed warmly cyclists often take glucose and some energy bars.

• Tennis: when parties run over time, eating well is important to not give up to fatigue too soon. So take advantage of the breaks to drink milkshakes and eat some fruit, helping to regain strength (if you read us from time to time, you will know that the banana is the ultimate fruit).

• Marathon: here perhaps refreshment is very important and the stress caused by the long hours running does not let you take advantage of all the nutrients you take. Proper hydration and almost liquid food for the stomach does not make too much effort and is the most necessary.

In other sports such as football, basketball, handball it is not as important to eat something, even if it is true that taking an energy bar or sports drink helps the body recover better.

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