Fueling for Exercise and Recovery: How to Optimize Carbohydrate Intake - CHES33

Fueling for Exercise and Recovery: How to Optimize Carbohydrate Intake

by Kelly R. Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
(4.3 / 218 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Athletes continually seek strategies to improve performance, but not all methods marketed to this population are safe or effective. Adequate carbohydrate stores (muscle and liver glycogen) are critical for optimum athletic performance during aerobic activities, especially intermittent high-intensity work and prolonged endurance exercise. Fueling with adequate carbohydrates before, during, and after endurance exercise can enhance performance in endurance and ultra-endurance events. Recent research reveals that using multiple carbohydrate sources compared to a single source allows for a greater use of carbohydrate in events lasting more than 3 hours. Nutritional strategies that enhance carbohydrate availability before, during, and after exercise can improve an athlete’s performance.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide registered dietitians, health educators, nurses, and physical therapists with guidelines on how athletes and active individuals should fuel before, during, and after exercise. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify appropriate daily carbohydrate intake guidelines for a variety of athletes.
  • Describe the rationale for ingestion of carbohydrates before, during, and after exercise based on a variety of factors, including body weight, exercise duration, and intensity of activity being performed.
  • Describe the effectiveness of intake of various forms and sources of carbohydrate and how intake of other substrates influences the body’s use of carbohydrate.
  • Identify current recommendations for protein intake during and after exercise to enhance carbohydrate usage and performance.

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, nurses, and physical therapists.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by Relias LLC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019, 1133776 for 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2023.

Course Originally Released on: 3/29/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/3/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/3/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Patricia G - Imro, SC  ·  Jan 28, 2020
I learned a lot about carbohydrate Intake
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MEGHAN R - Frazeysburg, OH  ·  Aug 02, 2019
very informational course, I learned a lot
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Molly J - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Jan 28, 2017
It is a good course for everybody
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Katherine P - San Antonio, TX  ·  Apr 26, 2016
Actually learned a lot that I will be able to use in my personal life as well!
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Anita B - Wilmington, DE  ·  Apr 18, 2016
I learned a lot. As a Health Educator I feel this knowledge has made more confident in how I can help participants with questions.
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