supplement your endurance

Supplement your Endurance

AUG 25, 2020 · BY TRAININGMEALS NUTRITION TEAM

Doing exercise and working up a sweat requires a good supply of nutrients. People who do sports, therefore, need to pay more attention to their nutrient intake. A high-quality basic supply of nutrients is the perfect training aid and a beneficial combination of amino acids. It also provides numerous vitamins and minerals. Certain micronutrients can support us depending on the sport and specific needs.

Draw on unlimited resources. Whether it's hiking, walking, or even long-distance running, endurance training requires not only mental stamina but also physical stamina. An optimal supply of energy in the mitochondria – the powerhouses of our cells – is particularly crucial for intensive endurance workouts. Inside these tiny cell organelles, energy-supplying macronutrients (e.g., carbohydrates or fats) are converted into usable energy. Certain B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, biotin, niacin, and pantothenic acid), iron, iodine, and magnesium, which contribute to healthy energy metabolism, are essential for this process. It makes them ideal workout tools for all endurance sports in which we have to draw on unlimited energy resources.

Successful mineral trio. Well-fitting running shoes and breathable functional clothing – proper sports equipment is the key to success. Our most precious equipment, apart from mental strength, is a powerful musculoskeletal system and a healthy cardiovascular system. A good supply of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA help support our hearts. A daily intake of 250 mg of EPA and DHA contributes to normal heart function. Potassium, magnesium, and calcium are also important because they support healthy muscle and nerve functions. Potassium also helps the maintenance of normal blood pressure, while magnesium and calcium contribute to bone maintenance. Athletes must pay special attention to these minerals. When we sweat, certain minerals are lost in large quantities and must be replenished.

For high-performance athletes, reinforcement of the immune system is essential. While moderate exercise has a relaxing effect and can boost our immune system, intensive training sessions can overtax it. During intensive endurance training, athletes can support their immune functions with selected micronutrients such as vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C. The latter two also protect our cells against oxidative stress, which can be caused by the increased occurrence of free radicals released during exercise.

Success begins in our minds. Successful athletes know every trick in the book: fighting spirit, steady nerves, and self-confidence. No matter how technically adept, agile, or strong an athlete is, they will never be able to exploit their full potential without mental strength. The good news is mental strength can be trained just like endurance, muscle strength, or technique. This can be done by using relaxation techniques, mental exercises, or other methods. Micronutrients such as vitamins B1, B6, or B12 can also support the nervous system and the psyche during periods of physical exertion. Pantothenic acid is also worth mentioning in this context. It contributes to normal mental performance.

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