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Honey for improved performance

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, consumption of carbohydrates in the form of sports gels can be beneficial as part of a long-distance sport training program. However, sometimes these can be pricey. There is an alternative to sports gels that is more economical: honey. According to a study in the February 2002 issue of Strength and Conditioning Journal taking honey prior to vigorous activity can benefit performance. Honey can act as an ergogenic aid by maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.

The following recipes will allow you to create home-made energy bars and sports drinks by using honey as a main ingredient. Recipes courtesy of National Honey Board. Read the rest of this entry