Carbs & Exercise

Carbohydrate plays a crucial role in exercise by providing fuel to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for working muscles. Carbohydrate is unique in that it can be stored in muscles and liver as glycogen for an internal source to fuel exercise, and can also be consumed during exercise to be utilized during endurance activities. With limited stores of carbohydrate in the body—about 500 grams in muscle, 80 grams in liver, and 5 grams in the blood—active individuals need a carbohydrate-rich diet for optimal exercise performance.

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