Many of you will have been out on a few summer treks, and slightly fewer people will have been on mountain climbing, hiking and cycling expeditions in the last few months....but what sort of strain does this put on our bodies!?
Well....firstly we need to consider the energy (calorific) cost of intense physical activity:
- When ascending steep faces such as the Welsh Mount Snowdon, the average 80kg person will expend approx 650kcal per hour of exercise!
-When cycling around the rolling hills of Scotland, the average 80kg person will expend 700kcal per hour!
Then consider the nutritional composition of those calories i.e. with endurance activities such as the above, macronutrients such as carbohydrate and protein are imperative, so too are electrolytes and fluid!
- So whilst hiking up the English Scaffel Pike, due care and attention should be paid to the ratio of fluid and electrolyte in your drinks bottle!
- And when resting up by your tent, with the fire burning away, ensure that you are replenishing those carb and amino acid pools with a good protein shake or carb, protein and electrolyte blend such as Science in Sport Rego Rapid Recovery.