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THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD NUTRITION FOR ATHLETES

Good nutrition is important for everyone, but athletes in particular feel firsthand how not eating properly can affect performance. Their need for calories is greater than the average person, ranging from 2000 to 5000 calories a day, depending on gender. If you’re an athlete who lets good nutrition fall down on the priority list, consider the ways it can impact both your performance and health.

ENERGY AND PERFORMANCE

Carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats provide the fuel needed to maintain energy. Carbohydrates are involved in regulating your blood sugar and glycogen level in your muscles, which is vital for preventing muscle fatigue. While watching fat intake is important, severely restricting it from your diet is unwise. Fat provides essential fatty acids and your body uses it as an energy source, particularly if your activity lasts longer than an hour. In fact, it can provide up to 75 percent of the energy endurance athletes need for long-term aerobic performance, according to Dr. Jennifer Anderson, a registered dietician and professor at Colorado State University. Protein helps build new tissue and is also used as an energy source. Your need for protein is higher if you’re involved in resistance training.

HYDRATION

 Staying hydrated is vital when you’re working out or participating in sports.  Not maintaining fluid balance in your body affects performance and puts you at risk for the effects of dehydration.  Water provides musculo-skeletal lubrication as well as helps to transport nutrients throughout your body.  Dehydration can occur in any environment, but it’s a major concern if you’re engaged in physical activity in hot or humid conditions. Water is the usual go-to source for staying hydrated, but after intense activity for an hour or more, drinking a sports drink as well as water is advisable to replace lost electrolytes.

Energy Drinks

These drinks can assist in providing carbohydrates as well as vitamins and caffeine to boost performance. There are also calorie free options to choose from. Typically the caffeine will enhance focus and deliver a perceived energy boost, which is most often actually provided by the vitamins and carbohydrates also in the drink. Caffeine absorption reaches peak levels in the blood around 2-1 hours after ingestion and as caffeineis dehydrating, be sure you consume enough water to keep you hydrated.Red Bullwill be available to all Warriors throughout the day to give the extra energy boost you may need to get yourself over the line.

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