Have You Discovered the Benefits of Gels?
Hitting the Wall
Your race is going well. You’ve trained hard for this event. Suddenly your legs won’t work and your feet feel like cement. You slow down almost to a complete stop and worse still, you want to lie down. Disaster! You’ve hit the wall! The dream of achieving that PB is rapidly drifting away. Any athlete who has experienced this extreme fatigue and energy loss knows that it can prevent you from achieving your ultimate goal of crossing the finishing line. Don’t hit the wall - smash through it! Read on to learn how to sustain your energy and keep all cylinders firing.
Fuel for Optimal Performance
During intense exercise your energy comes from glycogen, a stored form of carbohydrates, and one of the most important sources of energy for the body. It is stored mainly in the muscles and liver, and during exercise it forms an energy reserve that can be quickly mobilised to meet your need for glucose. 'Hitting the wall' in endurance sports is caused by depleted glycogen stores and can cause a sudden loss of energy, fatigue, weakness and dizziness. This state not only affects your performance but is potentially harmful to health.
Avoid Glycogen Debt
Athletes can increase their glycogen energy stores by consuming high carbohydrate foods. However during training or competition, glycogen stores are rapidly used up, making it difficult to consume enough food before or during exercise to maintain adequate stores. Athletes can deplete glycogen stores at a rate of 3-4 grams per minute. Only 30 to 40 minutes of exercise is enough to cause your body's glycogen stores to start to deplete and glycogen 'debt' can affect your performance. Glycogen 'debt' may lead to increased muscle catabolism as the body is forced to source energy via the breakdown of muscle. This may cause muscle soreness, fatigue and delayed recovery, greatly affecting training and future results.
Go for Gels
Sports gels are a convenient source of carbohydrates for optimising glycogen stores before, during and following exercise. Endura Sports Energy Gels are a high quality source of carbohydrates that are easy to digest and provide an instant blast of fuel for the body. These gels contain a blend of immediate impact and slow release carbohydrates to keep your body performing for longer. The Endura Sports Energy Gels provide a boost of energy in a single compact serve that can easily be carried while you train or compete.
Refreshing New Cool Mint Flavour
Endura Sports Energy Gels are available in six different flavours including raspberry, citrus, grape, coffee, vanilla and the refreshing new cool mint. Each sachet contains 26 g of carbohydrates and delivers a 444 kJ energy hit. 500 mL bottles are also available in raspberry, citrus, coffee, vanilla and cool mint flavours for athletes who use their own gel flasks.
Caffeine for an Extra Edge
Endura Sports Energy Gels also contain 8.5 mg of caffeine in every 35 gm serve. Caffeine has been used by athletes to reduce mental and physical fatigue during endurance events. It is safe to use and will not cause significant dehydration or electrolyte imbalance during exercise.1
For Best Results
For best results take one serve (1 sachet, 1 1/3 tablespoon or 26.4 mL) of Endura Sports Energy Gel 15 minutes before exercise and then one serve every 30 minutes during exercise, with fluid to prevent glycogen depletion and energy loss. To replenish glycogen stores and aid recovery, take one gel after exercise too. It is vital to consume gels with ample water to avoid dehydration and gastric upset. For each gel consumed, drink around 250-300 mL of water for best absorption, or taking the gel over 10-20 minutes with regular small sips of water, and feel your energy return.
Consuming Endura Rehydration Formula before, during and after endurance exercise will also help replenish the body's glycogen stores to keep your energy firing and shorten recovery times. Endura Rehydration Formula is a scientifically advanced rehydration drink that is designed to replace electrolytes and glycogen in optimal ratios to aid in faster rehydration. It also contains a patented form of magnesium, Meta Mag™, to help relieve muscular aches, prevent cramping and improve stamina.
Replenishing Energy Reserves
Prevent yourself from crashing and burning during endurance events by maintaining your glycogen stores. Fuel your body with a steady stream of dietary carbohydrates and reach for Endura Sports Energy Gels and Endura Rehydration Formula to build glycogen stores and keep your energy firing. Don’t hit the wall – smash through it!
Why Use Endura Sports Energy Gels - before, during and after training and competition?
- They combine immediate impact carbohydrates with slow release carbohydrates for sustained energy.
- Endura Energy Gels maintain energy reserves so you can perform stronger and longer.
- You can choose from handy 500 mL bottles and convenient 35 g compact sachets that you can carry on you while you train or compete.
- Endura Gels come is a variety of delicious flavours - raspberry, grape, coffee, citrus, vanilla and now cool mint.
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