Any physical activity, but especially intense exercise, requires a recovery period. After high performance activity, the body recovers in three distinct phases. Rapid recovery phase begins immediately after the exercise and lasts roughly 30 minutes. In this phase, the metabolic rate returns to pre-exercise levels. It is followed by intermediate recovery phase, which lasts between 90 minutes to two hours. During this phase, the body begins to restore fluids by a process called rehydration. This is the most critical phase of recovery, which requires intake of carbohydrates. To facilitate rehydration, carbohydrates should be ingested as soon after an event or training session. Finally, in the longer phase of recovery, which can last from two to 20 hours, carbohydrate replenishment continues. It is during this longer phase of recovery that the damage done to the muscle by heavy exercise is repaired.
Just as recovery and muscle repair are both important, carbohydrate ingestion ensures that event fatigue does not set in. Training and post-exercise nutrition are essential for consistent performance, but to prevent and delay event fatigue, carbohydrate replenishment is equally important. This is achieved by high carbohydrate consumption in the days immediately preceding the event. This is also referred to as carbohydrate loading. Carbohydrate loading helps athletes avoid ?hitting the wall?. Therefore, a high carbohydrate regime yeilds the greatest benefits for endurance athletes. These athletes include long-distance swimmers, runners(especially marathoners) and cyclists, to soccer players and triathletes to name a few. In general, carbohydrate replenishment is effective for any athletes who paticipate in events lasting more than 60 minutes.
SSN?s Carbo Force is specifically designed to help athletes recover from post-exercise strain and restore muscle strength and integrity quickly and efficiently. SSN?s Carbo Force contains long chain glucose polymer maltodextrin as its sole source of carbohydrate from natural sources, and contains no refined sugars. Futhermore, this unique source of carbohydrate has neither fat nor cholesterol. Equally important, it has a pleasant natural flavour, allowing you to mix it with a beverage of your choice. If you exercise regularly, regardless of the intensity of exercise, SSN?s Carbo Force will help restore muscle strength, enhance performance and promote good health.