Energy Gels: What are they and how helpful?

What Are Energy Gels And How Are They Helpful?

A runner's staple, energy gels replenish your depleted carb stores when running. When you run your body uses two sources to fuel your muscles, fat and carbohydrates. While fat is widely available it’s slower to break down into usable energy making it ineffective when running a long endurance event. Instead, your body relies on Carbs as its primary fuel source. As a general rule the faster you run, the more your fuel will come from Carbs. But your body can only have a limited amount of carbohydrates in our muscles, known as glycogen; at half marathon pace, this is about 90 minutes of running at marathon pace about 120 minutes of running. This means the average runner will be running low on glycogen stores about halfway through their run.

This is where energy gels come in, where the simple sugars in energy gels are quickly absorbed into your bloodstream as glucose giving you a spike in energy which is then absorbed by active muscles and organs. It helps continue to fuel your run.
What are energy gels and how are they helpful?
When Should you use Energy Gels?

Fast & Up energy gels contain about 30g of carbohydrates per gel, in the form of simple sugars, for an accessible energy source for your body to process with added caffeine for increasing alertness. One gel provides about 30-45 minutes of running but taking two at a time doesn’t mean you’ll have 90 minutes of running, instead, you’re likely to crash as your body attempts to process the sugar.

As your body diverts blood away from your stomach towards your active muscles, your absorption rate slows, or sometimes your stomach shuts down completely; this is the most common cause for unwanted toilets stops during a run.

It is essential to have the gel before you need it, not as you feel yourself crashing or hitting the wall. Practice with Fast & Up energy gels throughout your training to ensure you know it works on your body.

How often should you use Energy Gels?

The digestion process will be slowed or halted the further you get into the race, you need to be careful not to overload your stomach. Wait around 30-45 minutes between gels, or around 6-7 miles to ensure you don’t consume too much simple sugar at once.

Remember, the simple sugars from the energy gels will first be absorbed into your bloodstream as glucose. The sugar will stay in the bloodstream until absorbed by the working muscles or other organs.

What are Energy Gels Really Like?

It is well established that carbohydrate consumption before and during training or exercise can help reduce fatigue and improve endurance performance. Fast&Up Energy Gel contains Maltodextrin which is an easily digestible carbohydrate that helps with faster absorption and action. This provides one with enough carbohydrates to supply energy for about 30 minutes during physical activity. 

Don't Forget...!

Before you use Fast & Up energy gels on race day, train with them first. Practicing with gels, taking little bits at a time as you build up the mileage will help your body adapt to using your stomach while running, causing you to run more effectively on race day.
What are energy gels and how are they helpful?
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Sayali Naik

-Expert and Writer