Wednesday, March 27, 2019

An Athlete Needs To Train Their Gut, Too

February 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Youth Sports

Athletes tend to do a
good job of training their muscles, heart and lungs. But some of them
(particularly endurance athletes and those in running sports) commonly fail to
train their gut. As one marathoner reported, "I was so afraid of getting diarrhea during long training runs
that I did not eat or drink anything beforehand. I really struggled after 14
miles…" A high school soccer player admitted, "I’m so afraid I’ll throw up if I run with food in my
stomach." He ate only a light lunch at 11:00 and then practiced on
fumes at 3:30. No wonder he had a disappointing season.

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