Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Importance of Carbohydrates Before Exercising

The consumption of carbohydrates is important for several reasons. Most importantly the body depends on carbohydrates to provide almost all the energy for the first 20 to 30 minutes during exercise. In an intense workout such as high intensity aerobics or weight training, the percentage of carbohydrate use can be as high as 100%. So it is important to eat properly in the two hours before you exercise. This will lead to a meaningful productive workout.

Active people need more water than the average person and carbohydrates are a great source of naturally fortified water. The weight of fruits and vegetables is mostly water. Also carbohydrates are a natural source of vitamins and minerals. Many of the these nutrients are necessary for muscle contraction during physical activity.