As seen in the Surprise Independent
Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of energy for our daily activities, especially when we exercise. If we don’t have adequate carb intake, when we try to exercise we notice an onset of fatigue and feel like we’ve run out of gas.
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Carbohydrates are stored in three ways: muscle glycogen, liver glycogen, and blood glucose. Consuming adequate carbohydrates on a daily basis are necessary to replenish these storage areas. Foods such as fruit, bread, pasta, oatmeal, cereals and rice provide our bodies with rich sources of carbohydrates.
Additionally, please don’t forget the most important nutrient – water. Dehydration not only affects someone’s ability to perform; it is also dangerous, especially in our desert climate.
Rhonda Zonoozi is an exercise physiologist and certified health & wellness coach at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing in Surprise.
Information provided in the section is from a multidisciplinary team of Sun Health professionals at the Center for Health and Wellbeing, based in Surprise, Arizona. However, it should not be a substitute for medical advice from your physician.
(Originally published April 6, 2015; last updated Jan. 12, 2019.)