Why Bonking When Running Is NOT Good At All!

What is meant by the term ‘bonking’…well I’m sure many people envision something else when they hear or see the term bonking. However any runners out there may have come across the term, or if not will have probably felt it before.

Bonking is similar to when a runner hits the ‘runners wall’ i.e. a state of absolute glycogen depletion in the muscles occur whereby and athlete becomes completely energy depleted. Should your body get to the point where even your liver glycogen stores become depleted, meaning your nervous system is starved of glucose, then you hit what’s known as ‘the bonk’!

Avoid hitting the bonk by planning your carb intake religiously and intelligently before exercise or an event.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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