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Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) is the maximum capacity of the body to transport and utilize oxygen during incremental exercise. It is expressed either as an absolute rate in liters of oxygen per minute (L/min) or as a relative rate in milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute (ml/kg/min). The blood glucose level is defined as the concentration of glucose in the blood, measured in milligrams of glucose per 100 milliliters of blood. Carbohydrate drinks are consumed before exercise because it is believed that it enhances performance by decreasing the rate of muscle glycogen stores, but those drinks also have a high amount of sugar in them which causes the blood glucose levels to spike. Exercise helps by increasing cellular uptake and lowering blood glucose because glucose is a rapidly metabolized form of energy.


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