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Nutrition maximizes endurance athletes' performance


This Sunday is the last time Coeur dAlene will host Ironman®, a race that brought together local endurance athletes as well as athletes from all over the world to swim, bike, and run. Attempting a race like this takes serious commitment. Athletes spend hours fine tuning their endurance by training in all three sports. Just as important as training, is proper nutrition to fuel athletes for maximum performance.First, lets define what is considered an endurance athlete. Endurance, according to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity. American Heart Association describes endurance exercise as aerobic exercise that increases your breathing and heart rate such as walking, swimming, biking, and running. For this article, physical activity lasting more than an hour is considered an endurance activity in which nutrition especially needs attention.

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