The Best Energy Supplements For Runners


Supplements are a multi-billion pound industry unfortunately when there is money to be made there will be less than honest people trying to get in on the action. Supplements are particularly prone to this as often their effects are not immediately obvious or may take months before you can see the effects. There have been a number of high profile cases where people who are in a position of power have abused it by recommending supplements that have very little if any scientific evidence that prove that they work.This is not to say that all supplements are bad, when used in the right way and using the correct supplements they can certainly give you a boost in performance.

This article will be looking at supplements that can help the recovery process after a training session or a particularly grueling race. Runner’s World have suggested that you should aim to refuel the body as soon as 60 minutes after completing your training to start the recovery process. This number is an ok guideline although in certain circumstances such as having two training sessions or races in one day you should probably aim to refuel even faster. If on the other hand you don’t have an active day planned then there is no real time constraint.

There are a number of supplements from which to choose from.

Energy Gels

Energy gels are comprised of simple and complex carbohydrates. Simple sugars are quickly absorbed and will provide your body with energy faster whilst the complex carbohydrates are slower releasing. If you are taking part in a long race or training session then these are ideal for taking during. These are not really necessary before running if you have had time to eat a proper meal.

Energy Bars

Energy bars should contain a good distribution of carbohydrates, fats and protein. These are great for a snack at any time but I personally pack them in my kit bag so that I can eat them on the way home from a workout. They are great to hold you over until your next meal.

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks contain sugar and salts to help replenish your body of lost electrolytes. These are only really necessary for long training sessions or marathons since your body should have enough glycogen stores for shorter sessions. Of course it won’t hurt if you want to take them but plain water is fine in most cases.


Glutamine is a non-essential amino acid which can aid in your recovery and help repair muscle tissue. If are a meat eater you should be consuming more than enough glutamine. Glutamine tends to only be beneficial to people suffering from clinical levels of stress on their body such as burn victims. It is hard to establish just how much stress your body is under in a training session although glutamine supplementation might be beneficial to long distance runners due to the increased stress on their body.

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