|Sports drink - IMage borrowed from deviantart|
We know that you need adequate nutrition if you are undertaking physical exercise as activity needs fuel in the form of Carbohydrate (CHO) and Fat and to build and maintain lean tissues you need protein and you also need vitamins and minerals to support the metabolism of energy and tissue building. Don't forget water as it will help with distribution and also with heat management and waste management.
The main topic I am focusing on today is Glycogen Storage. Now when we eat glucose, the unused part is turned into glycogen and stored in he liver and the muscles. When we exert ourselves the body breaks down the glycogen and releases glucose into the bloodstream and we feel good and full of energy and can complete our workout. IT is when glycogen becomes depleted that our muscles become fatigued.
To maximise your supply of glucose you need to:-
1. Eat a diet high in CHO
2. Consume some glucose during activity, especially activity of over 45 minutes
3. Eat CHO IMMEDIATELY following activity
4. Train your muscles to store as much glycogen as possible
How do we achieve No. 4?
Training will affect how much glycogen that your muscles will store. If you constantly deplete glycogen through hard training, your muscles will adapt to storing a larger amount of glycogen to support the work - Especially important for people training more than once a day.
Eating high CHO after physical activity will increase glycogen stores. A high CHO meal eaten within 15 minutes of the end of a training session will accelerate the rate of glycogen storage by 300 per cent. You have a window of approximately 2 hours after training to replace CHO to ensure that your muscles will accumulate glycogen.
SO ONE GOOD REHYDRATION- GLYCOGEN REBUILDING PRODUCT IS:-
|Milk and Chocolate - Borrowed image from Deviant art|
But what about my sports drink?
Well chocolate milk contains CHO and protein which is what your poor depleted muscles need to recover. Water is simply not enough and as for sports drinks, they contain water but lack NATURALLY occurring protein and CHO found in milk. Milk also has Vitamins A & D and calcium which helps build muscle and with bone strength. Water gives you back fluid and energy drinks give you back electrolytes (along with a heap of sugar.....too much sugar and not too good for you). Milk is a smarter option.
If you want the scientific stuff:-
A study back in 2006 presented in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, of 9 male endurance trained cyclists showed that chocolate milk with high CHO and protein content may be considered an effective alternative to commercial Fluid Replacement and Carbohydrate replacements for recovery from exhausting glycogen-depleting exercise.
NOTE - Post ride today (38C) hot weather I had a mix of ice, milk and choc toppi8ng in the blender - bloody beautiful, although I wouldn't advocate filling your bidons with Milk in this hot weather.......Not so good.
This is all food for thought