Help with Running Cramps

Running cramps, particularly running calf cramps, afflict everyone from the person going out for a morning jog, to elite athletes. And it's not just runners that get cramps they can be a factor in any sport - tennis, swimming, golf, cycling and triathlon. This site is dedicated to sharing ideas and information between sports people, athletes, health practitioners, anyone who enjoys training - for the best ways to prevent, avoid and treat muscle cramp.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

How Many Calories to Improve Long Distance Perfrmance

Research shows that an intake of about 200 calories per hour will boost performance.

This adds up to about four cups of Gatorade drinks (about 32 ounces total). About 13 ounces of apple juice does the same thing - so a 24 ounce bottle will last you for two hours - just top it up with water and you're good to go.

Goos and gels can be a good source of calories but also raise your heart-rate and temperature as your body deals with the energy load.

Certain sports drinks provide a good calorie supply and have the added benefit of additional electrolytes, antioxidants, vitamins and even protein.

Whatever your strategy, the best advice is to 'have a strategy'. Have a plan for how you are going to hydrate and meet your calorie requirements before you race.


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