Exercising Good NutritionDecember 26, 2008 Written by JP [Font too small?]
Do you sometimes wish you could exercise without getting as worn out as you usually do? If so, I want to tell you about a strategy that just might help you get a better workout and feel less tired afterward.
Get Rid of the Gatorade
A new study from the University of Ontario and Gettysburg College was set up to test the relative benefits of two different sports drinks on exercise performance and recovery.
A group of 15 cyclists rode a computer monitored exercise bicycle for 60 minutes. During that time, they attempted to cycle as hard as they could. After they finished their intense workout, they drank one of two drinks: a drink that provided both protein and carbohydrates or one that provided just carbohydrates. Both drinks had the same number of calories.
The cyclists were then asked to rest for about six hours. After the rest, they were instructed to repeat the exact same exercise performed earlier in the day.
The researchers found that both groups of cyclists performed less efficiently than they did during their first exercise session. But the “protein and carbohydrate” group performed significantly better than the “carbohydrate only” group. A few other positive effects were found in the protein and carb group:
- They burned more fat.
- They reported feeling less fatigued.
Nutrition can be used strategically, if you know how to use it. Instead of grabbing some juice or a Powerade after your workout, why not make something healthier for yourself? It’s simple enough. You can buy a good quality protein powder, add some cold water, fresh or frozen berries and blend it up. It only takes a few minutes and it will be much healthier than most of the commercial sports products out there.
Tags: Carbohydrates, Protein
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