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Glycogen is a polysaccharide which is a complex carbohydrate that is stored in the liver and muscle. When glucose is not available for energy usage the body converts glycogen to get glucose for its energy needs. Glycogen is usually used during heavy work. Another use of glycogen to maintain blood glucose levels in the brain. The effects of glycogen on exercise intensity are limited due to storage of the glycogen. The average person stores about 12 to 14 hours worth. After 24 hours of exercise a persons glycogen levels increase gradually over the next few days succeeding normal levels. Approximately 50% more glycogen can be stored if carbohydrates consumed immediately after strenuous exercise.

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References: http://www.exrx.net/Nutrition/Glycogen.html

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