How Ginger Can Boost Your Cycling Performance

How Ginger Can Boost Your Cycling Performance

Fueling your bike ride is important to maintain energy levels and performance, especially during longer rides. As you cycle, your body uses up glycogen - its main fuel source. Without adequate glycogen replacement, you'll start to feel fatigued, have trouble concentrating, and your pace will slow. Whether you're a casual rider or a serious cyclist, understanding the importance of nutrition can enhance your performance and overall well-being.

How can using ginger as your nutrition help during cycling?

The ginger in Active Root can help contribute towards a normally functioning settled stomach and prevent bloating. It may also have a calming effect, so it helps get rid of excess gas, thus reducing bloating and stomach discomfort. The ginger that Active Root uses has been specially selected because of its high gingerol ratio.

Gel Mix and Sports Drink Mix provide easily digestible carbohydrates to top up glycogen as you cycle. Gel Mix offers concentrated doses of carbs in a portable, convenient package. Sports drinks provide lower concentrations delivered steadily as you sip. Aim to consume 30-60 grams of carbs per hour from gels and/or drinks when cycling for over 60-90 minutes.

Stay well-hydrated before and during your bike rides by drinking up to 500ml of fluid 2-3 hours pre-ride. For longer efforts, aim for 100 to 200ml every 20 to 30 minutes. Water suffices for shorter rides, but opt for Sports Drink Mix or Electrolite on rides exceeding 60 minutes to replenish lost electrolytes.

A key benefit of ginger during exercise is its ability to reduce muscle soreness. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can help combat the inflammation that often accompanies intense physical activity. Consuming ginger before going for a ride may contribute to a quicker recovery and less post-exercise discomfort.

Ginger also has a warming effect on the body, which can be especially invigorating during exercise. It promotes better blood circulation, ensuring that your muscles receive an optimal supply of oxygen and nutrients. Improved circulation can enhance overall performance and make your ride feel more efficient, boosting your cycling performance.

Read our Cycling Nutrition Guide, to help smash your next race!

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