What’s the Buzz About Sugar?
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Sugar & Exercise
The Difference Between Exercise & Rest
When you’re exercising, your muscles can take in energy easily, making simple sugars (dextrose & sucrose) the best fuel choice because they act quickly. They don’t ask your digestive system to do a lot of work when your body is under stress, and therefore they don’t bother your gut or make your stomach hurt.
When you’re not exercising, your muscles need insulin’s help to take in energy. During periods of inactivity, complex carbohydrates, like broccoli or kale, are the best fuel choice. Simple sugars at rest will take your hormones and blood sugar on a roller coaster ride that is hard on your body in a number of ways. When you’re sitting on the couch, candy and sugary drinks will increase your risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Get the Timing Right!
Give your body 20-30 minutes for muscles to utilize glucose without the assistance of insulin and for exercise hormones to suppress insulin secretion before you begin drinking your sports drink. In other words, wait about 30 minutes before consuming Endurance Fuel during exercise.
Sip your drink slowly and spread your carbohydrate intake over each hour. Don’t down an hour’s worth of sport drink all at once.
What About Recovery?
In addition to during exercise, the golden hour is another time when simple sugars work well, and don’t cause blood sugar spikes and crashes. Replenishing your glycogen stores efficiently will help make you feel better quicker after your workout, and you’ll be ready for your next workout sooner.
Tailwind Rebuild is packed with the simple sugars your body needs to replenish glycogen stores during the 30-60 minute golden hour.
The Take-Home Message