Sean van Staden
Columnist
4 minute read
16 May 2021
8:01 am

Understanding metabolism to stay energised for longer

Sean van Staden

When you become a professional athlete and compete in endurance sports like cycling, MTB, marathons, triathlons, and ultras, you can’t afford to under or over-consume the wrong calories. 

If you're a top athlete it's important to know how many calories you should consume on a daily basis, and that has a lot to do with your metabolism. Picture: iStock

Your body is a beautiful machine, and if you treat it right, it will look after you in terms of wellness, energy levels and sports performance. To become a good model athlete, you need to understand what metabolism is. This is a chemical reaction in the body’s cells that change food into energy to maintain homeostasis. Energy is critical for cellular functioning, such as breathing, thinking, moving, repairing, digesting, and growing. Everyone has a basal metabolic rate (BMR); the minimum amount of energy your body requires to carry these daily functions. BMR accounts for 80% of your body’s daily energy...