Eat like an athlete

HEALTH:

Training for sport requires a combination of endurance, strength, speed and agility. High energy requirements coupled with high fluid loss and the potential for injury make a well-established nutrition strategy a must in order to get the best results possible.

EXERCISE:

To stay hydrated, you must drink plenty of fluids before, during and after a training session.

4Water is all that is needed if you’re exercising for less than an hour, but sports drinks or diluted fruit juice are a better choice for longer workouts. These contain sugars which provide fuel for the exercising muscles and help speed up the absorption of water into your bloodstream.

NUTRITION:

A diet rich in carbohydrates will provide energy to maintain performance and assist recovery. A high carb, low fat meal should be eaten 2-3 hours before you begin training, with yet more carb-rich foods consumed soon afterwards to help replenish glycogen stores.

It is also important to include protein-packed foods post-workout to aid the repair and growth of muscle fibres.

 

© Sarah West Nutrition

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One thought on “Eat like an athlete

  1. I think that nutrition is key to fitness, even when dieting it is important to eat right and to eat enough food for muscle growth which enhances fat loss. Nice blog!

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