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10 Simple Top-tips to Stay Cool While Exercising in the Heat

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Summer is here! For us Brits It's time to stop complaining about the rain and start counting down the days to the customary "it's too hot"... Warm weather makes training and exercising outdoors even more appealing but it's important to take certain precautions for relief from extreme heat and humidity whilst working out. Here are a f...
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Can Mint make you go faster in the heat?

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Summer is just around the corner and that means hot temperatures. For cyclists, that means it's time to consider ways to maintain performance and safety when things start to heat up. From summer kit to sun cream, but one surprising thing that may help you adjust is mint. Mint contains a naturally occurring co...
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Fuelling a Duathlon World Champion with Ben Goodfellow

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Ben Goodfellow, Team KMC Athlete, takes World Champion Age-group title just weeks after his European success.  Firstly, we want to say a huge congratulations. Ben has worked tirelessly to achieve this and we're proud to play just a small part in that journey. We caught up with Ben during his busy schedule to talk race recap, fueling strategy a...
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The importance of starting hydrated

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It's so easy to simply think about the day of your event and focusing on getting it right on the day. However, your performance is absolutely influenced by how well hydrated you are before you start your session or get to the start line of an event. Why? Well because once you've started you're going to fight to replace all the salts and electrolyte...
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Why You Need to Focus on Hydration

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When you think about your health, do you ever wonder how many hours of exercise you should get each week? Do you worry about the amount of fat in your diet? Or how much salt you're consuming? What about the amount of water you're getting every day? It might surprise you to learn that good hydration habits can play an important role in all three of ...
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Top 5 Reasons to Drink Coffee Before a Workout

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If you're the type of person who regularly enjoys a cup of coffee in the morning or afternoon, you might be aware of the brain benefits it provides—such as increased cognitive function, productivity levels, memory function and even a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease—but did you know that caffeine can also improve your ...
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The Fred Whitton Challenge & How to Fuel it

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Kendal Mint Co are proud to be supporting the prestigious Fred Whitton Challenge - The UK's toughest sportive. Taking place in the heart of the Lake District, our home turf, and challenging riders to what is most often referred to as the toughest day they've ever had in the saddle. "We always try and support local businesses so working wi...
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Why do some energy gels hurt my stomach?

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Energy gels are a popular, convenient way for endurance athletes at any level to take on a substantial amount of carbohydrates in a short space of time. Most aerobic exercise will see your body burning large amounts of carbohydrates as your body's primary fuel source. If you find yourself exercising for at least an hour, then there are definitely b...
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How to fuel your Marathon

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Entered a Marathon recently? Don't worry we've got you covered... 
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Energy Gels - What are they and should I use them?

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What are Energy Gels? Energy gels are a great way to help with endurance and energy. Put simply - they are a highly convenient, fast and efficient sources of carbohydrate during exercise in a liquid format. Easy to take whilst on the move with no chewing involved and easily digested. A well-designed energy gel will con...
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5 Benefits of challenging yourself and setting goals

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Why should you challenge yourself? Why should you set goals? Whether it's to run a marathon, cycle 100 miles or to kick a bad habit. Challenging yourself and setting goals is incredibly beneficial to not only to your mental health, but also to your personal well being.  Give yourself a purpose, a "why" Prove to yourself that you are in ch...
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How to Fuel Your Winter Cycling

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Riding in the cold weather presents some unique challenges on the body which you might not know about. Keeping Warm and dry out on the bike is important but when the cold weather hits, adequate nutrition can make a huge difference. Here are some of the challenges you might face and how to counter them. Up to Twice as many Calories Burned  ...
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7 Top Tips for Running through the winter

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As the cold weather draws in, it can be tempting to start telling yourself "looks cold, I'll go tomorrow instead" . That's why we've compiled our list of the best ways to run through the winter and conquer that lack of motivation. 1. Reward yourself Motivate yourself with the promise of a reward, from meeting a friend for a coffee (Social...
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How to fuel your game - Supercharge your 90 minutes

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Football is a high-intensity sport which requires some pretty serious endurance to perform at your best for the full 90 minutes. Statistics show a strong correlation between fatigue towards the end of a match, a reduction in performance and an increase in the number of mistakes made. Sports Nutrition can really help improve your Foot...
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Race Day Nutrition Pt. 4 - Post-race Recovery

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Post race, it's really important to focus on your recovery and Nutrition is arguably one of the most important parts of recovering after a hard effort. You'll need to replenish Carbohydrate (Glycogen) stores, rebuild and encourage the maintenance of lean muscle mass with Protein, and re-hydrate with Electrolytes. ...
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Race Day Nutrition Pt.3 - Fueling during your Race

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Whatever your race discipline, fuelling right during the race is all about balance and thinking ahead. Whether you're out on the bike, running a marathon or climbing a mountain. Ask yourself: How am I going to feel in 20 mins time?  Big hill coming up in 10 15 mins? Take onboard ...
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Race Nutrition Pt.2 - Pre-race Fueling the morning of

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The day is finally here, you've done everything you can to prepare. Now how do we make sure we are fueled right throughout the morning? One of the final stumbling blocks... Here are some of the top questions people ask about fueling the morning before a race. When should I eat?   Our advice would be to eat 2-4 hours be...
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Race Nutrition Pt.1 - Fueling right starts the day before

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Actually, fueling right starts during training and finding the fuel that works best for you! It's important to begin fueling right the day before as this canhave a huge impact on your performance, especially if you're race starts first thing in the morning... We've put together our top 5 simple tips for fueling your race starting the...
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How to optimise your post-workout recovery

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The faster and more effectively you recover, the sooner you can get back to training hard. Not only this, by recovering more effectively you will also be able to train more effectively and you will get more benefit from doing so. Nutrition can play a big role, alongside sleep, stretching and other aspects. Here's how... Why is recovery important?&n...
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"Veganuary" For athletes - Good or Bad?

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 So it's a pretty tough time for all, stuck at home, no events, but for good reason! Perhaps this is perfect chance to kick our old habits and build a lifestyle and routine to help you live a healthier, happier life?  Many are now even following the ever growing trend of Veganism, quite a lifestyle chance, but how can ...
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