Energy Gel - The Perfect Supplement During the Run
Need replenishment during a long run or marathon race?
Energy gel is the perfect supplement for you.
There are other nutritional supplements, e.g. energy bars, sports drinks or "real food".
They all have their pros and cons.
I prefer to carry gels with me as they are easy to carry.
When during a race I get to a water station, I take in the gel and flush it down with water.
Everybody is different, you may not like gels, so I definitely advice you to experiment with the different types of supplements.
You might find that you cannot take in bars during your training, but you are fine with gels. Or vice versa.
See below an overview of some popular gels.
Energy Gel #1: GU
GU energy gels give you that perfect amount of maltodextrin and fructose your body needs to get the blood sugar running high so that it works instantly! It boosts your glucose levels for up to 45 minutes, keeping the energy going and allowing you to maintain the intensity in your workout. It helps keep your mind active and alert as well, which can assist in fighting off tiredness.
PowerBar gel refuels the body with a blend of carbohydrates and electrolytes that are lost through sweat during exercises that strain your body. The new PowerBar C2 MAX gel gives your body a boost by replacing those lost nutrients to help maintain the best performance.
Accel gel by Accelerade Sports contains carbs and protein in the ratio 4:1 and gives you that ultimate hydration, enhances endurance capabilities, reduces damage to muscles and helps in faster recovery.