We believe that the most sophisticated piece of sports equipment you’ll ever own is your body. Science in Sport creates mechanics for the machinery of man. We’re the unseen force behind personal bests, world record and Olympic medals – SiS
There’s a reason why athletes opt for Science in Sport to fuel their competition. They are ‘Informed Sport certified’ which means they are recognised for their robust testing system. Whether you’re just starting out or at the top of your game, their extensive range of products tailored to each individual need-state makes smashing your goals as easy as SiS!
Thanks to our friends in the know, we’re bringing you top tips and advice on how to nourish your body no matter what discipline.
TOP TIP 1: You’ve heard it a million times before, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially when working towards a fit and healthy lifestyle. Eating a carb-based breakfast in the morning will set you in good stead for your ride, no matter what time of the day you choose to go. Foods such as toast, cereals (which aren’t sugar loaded) and porridge are great options. Consistency is also key, particularly if you start to think about training as oppose to cycling for a hobby. Once your body expects the same foods regularly your stomach will become more resilient!
Carbohydrate is your body’s main fuel source for high intensity exercise, so it’s important to get them into your system BEFORE starting your workout. To deliver energy fast you need high GI carbohydrate that’s easy to take. Fat, fibre and protein slow down digestion prior to and during exercise. The GO Energy range from Science in Sport provides an easily digestible and quick supply of carbohydrate for energy.
A major cause of fatigue in endurance exercise is depletion of carbohydrate energy stores. SiS GO Energy provides a practical solution to increase carbohydrate intake to boost our muscle glycogen stores prior to training or competition.
TOP TIP 2: Even though you might have had a nutritious breakfast and prepped your body for a ride, fuelling on the go is really important too! A good strategy is to eat solid foods during flat, less challenging parts of the ride, then gels during steeper areas which require you to (literally) put a bit more leg work in!
Increased energy production during exercise causes your body temperature to go up. To keep cool we start to sweat more, and whilst all hot and bothered we lose both fluid and electrolytes, so drinking water alone just isn’t enough. The Science in Sport GO Hydro tablets and GO Electrolyte powders offer an easy solution to getting those much needed carbs and lost fluid back in every session.
In addition to ensuring optimal carbohydrate stores and hydration status before exercise, delivering additional carbohydrate and fluid during exercise is known to improve performance, race times and delay the onset of fatigue.
TOP TIP 3: Even though you’re physically stopped, your metabolic rate stays raised for half an hour after exercise, so it’s important to replace carbs with protein and electrolytes during this crucial stage of repair.
Rapid replenishment of your glycogen stores and the provision of proteinhelps you to get the most from your training and prepare you for your next session.
TOP TIP 4: Along with keeping your vitamin intake up during this kind of lifestyle shift, it’s equally as important to get those z’s in! Aim to get a similar amount of sleep each night, particularly if you’ve ramped up your cycling frequency more recently.
After exercise, your immune system is weakened leaving you more vulnerable to coughs and colds. Vitamin C and Iron support the normal function of your immune system, and with an additional 200mg of Vit-C you’ll get that extra boost you need to help warn off those unwanted viruses.
SiS Immune is designed to support and maintain immune function during and after exercise. As an effervescent tablet that readily dissolves in plain water, it represents a highly practical approach to support your immune system after exercise.
Exercise increases the rate of protein breakdown, so essentially people that train more regularly need more protein. Whey protein is released far quicker than milk protein, and the Science in Sport protein range provides a delicious way of getting your protein fix whether before training or as part of your everyday diet. Whether you choose the gel, the powder, or one of their tasty protein bars, you can count on SiS when it comes to the growth and maintenance of lean muscle mass.
Vitamin C and Iron are known to contribute to the maintenance of the normal function of the immune system during and after intense physical exercisein addition to your Recommended Daily Amount.