When it's hot out, your body doesn't absorb nutrition and hydration the way it normally does. Here's how to avoid dehydration and the dreaded bonk when you're training and racing in extreme heat.
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There are people who need to exercise, and who absolutely benefit from exercise.
Exercise has rescued obese individuals from a sedentary lifestyle, saved men and women from being ravaged by cardiovascular disease, and allowed for athletes to train their body to perform above and beyond normal capacity.
But exercise also has a dark side - dangerous disadvantages that affect thousands of people each day, and those disadvantages can be summed up in these top 10 reasons exercise is bad for you.
If you are like many endurance athletes, you prefer to train first thing in the morning. One of the most common issues I address with the athletes I coach around the world is their pre-training fuel (or the lack thereof). A number of athletes choose not to eat or drink anything prior to their early morning workout. In questioning athletes over the years on why they choose not to eat prior to exercise, they respond by saying; “I am just not hungry in the morning.” “My stomach gets upset if I eat anything.” “I am trying to lose weight, so if I do not eat before exercise, I will lose more weight.” “I am only going to train for 45 minutes to one hour, so I do not need calories for this workout; I will just drink water.”
So, what is the best way to handle your pre-workout…to fuel or not to fuel?
The summer race season is upon us, which usually means plenty of heat and loss of fluids! Whether you are running a marathon, riding in a charity century ride, racing in a criterium, or even a triathlon, it is critical to have a solid fueling and hydration plan that will work in your race or event. Finding the right mix of fluids and fuel can be challenging for several reasons, but with a little planning and practice, you can nail that fueling strategy for your event. Here are some tips to get you there.