Fuel School - Carbs
Why are carbs important for athletic performance?
Fuel School - Electrolytes
Why are there electrolytes in Gatorade?
Muscles rely on fuel to thrive. Carbohydrate is the body’s powerhouse fuel for moderate to high intensity exercise and without it athletes can lack energy, experience muscle fatigue, and are unable to perform their best at high intensity.
When you sweat, you lose electrolytes, like sodium and potassium, which help the brain communicate with muscles and regulate fluid balance in your body. Significant fluid and electrolyte loss can negatively impact athletic performance – especially during long bouts of training in the heat. Gatorade helps put back lost electrolytes and stimulates thirst so athletes will drink more and stay hydrated.
Fuel School - Protein
Why do you need protein for recovery?
Eating protein shortly after training or competition is important for muscle recovery. A small amount (approximately 20 grams for an average 175 lb athlete) of high-quality, complete protein (containing all the essential amino acids) as soon as possible after athletic activity helps rebuild muscles.