High Potential Energy Is Not Only Gained Through Physical Training

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Any endurance runner who has ever run a race knows the feeling of hitting the dreaded “wall.” First, the legs start feeling weak and breathing start getting heavy with the abdomen and chest helping to inhale air into the lungs. Then, there is a tinge of mental doubt that the runner can even finish the race, so he or she slows down just to try to lengthen the endurance of the run. For most athletes, this is a “wall” that they will strive to get over during every single race, because the “wall” defines the amount of potential energy that each runner has by limitation of energy available to perform. In other words, the higher the potential energy, the less likely a runner will become fatigued and the more likely a runner will overcome the “wall.” Higher potential energy is not only gained through intensive physical training, but is also gained in appropriate daily nutrition (McArdle). So, contrary to most athletes’ belief of eating whatever is most convenient, knowing exactly what to consume before a race is especially crucial for an athlete to reach his or her desired goal and to avoid the nutritional restraint of hitting the “wall.”
According to most physiological studies of endurance athletes, the nutritional guide to increasing potential energy in long distance runners is to intake more carbohydrates, moderate protein, and low fat. Because the body uses fats for energy at rest and carbohydrates for energy during moderate to intense activity, it is important for athletes to…

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