Our bodies use two major energy systems, the anaerobic and aerobic. The anaerobic system delivers energy when the body is running low of oxygen or when the activity is explosive in nature, meaning a constant oxygen supply isn’t really needed. The aerobic system breaks down glycogen for energy in the presence of oxygen consequently producing little or no lactic acid, enabling prolonged periods of activity before fatigue sets in.
Many activities employ both energy systems, therefore nutritional supplements such as the ones listed below will help to maximise each energy system, prolonging training:
- Complex carb based proteins such as XL Nutrition Xtra Protein and Carbs will deliver sustainable energy to stave off the lactic acid (anaerobic system).
- Simple carbs (quick release) such as Isotonic and hydration beverages e.g. Science in Sport GO Electrolyte Sports Fuel can stave off lactic acid when oxygen is in short supply.
- Citrulline Malate, a non-essential amino acid that promotes Arginine production in the body which is a known precursor to Nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide increases the delivery of oxygen to muscles resulting in improved endurance and aerobic activity! Try Primaforce Citrulline Malate as a pre, intra and post work out supplement.