Athletes and sports people in general have different nutritional requirements from the rest of us. And as a result of this they tend to be more aware of the importance of a healthy, well balanced diet.
This approach applies to all forms of sport, from weight training to squash, football to marathon running, rugby through to triathlon.
Whatever the sport, intense training sessions and/or competition place the body under a fair degree of stress which needs time to rest and recover. And it is the recovery period where the greatest gains are made.
So, diet and nutrition are vitally important in helping with that recovery.
A well balanced diet which consists of the right amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat (yes, fat is crucial) will aid with performance and recovery. Eating the right foods and proper hydration before, during and after sport/exercise will ensure that you get the very best from your activity.
Sports Nutrition Guide Index:
- Sports Nutrition Intro
- Are nutritional requirements the same for every sport?
- Nutrition and types of sports
- Good food choices for sport and exercise
- The importance of carbohydrates
- But what is ‘glycogen?’
- How much carbohydrate do I need?
- Fluid intake
- How much water is enough?
- Sports supplements