22 Jan Why Nutrition Is Important When Training
Why Nutrition Is Important When Training
Having a balanced diet will ensure you have the energy required at training sessions to get the benefits from your workouts and recover in between sessions.
For the majority of us (non athletes) looking to improve our overall health by increasing our fitness, improving our strength, balance & coordination and to manage our weight, eating a variety of foods including a combination of high quality protein, carbohydrates and fat, including loads of fruit and vegetables will provide all the nutrients we need.
Why we need carbohydrates
Carbs including fruit and veg, rice, wholegrain bread, cereals and pasta are the main source of fuel the body uses so making sure you have enough in the tank before exercising will mean you have the energy to train hard and get the most out of your sessions.
Why we need protein
Protein helps repair and build muscle after exercise. Eating a meal rich in protein like quinoa, oats, brown rice, beans and pulses, tofu, nuts and seeds up to 2 hours after your training session can help with recovery, which means you will be ready to take on your next workout feeling good.
Why we need fat
During a regular 45 minute training session, fat is not used as fuel. Fat does help to release the stored carbohydrates used during a regular session though. Fat is only used for fuel by the body during endurance workouts like running a marathon. Include small amounts of healthy fats in your diet such as avocado, nuts and seeds, olive oil and fish.
Your body needs water to function optimally. Dehydration decreases performance, so its important to keep yourself well hydrated before during and after exercise. Water is sufficient as hydration when participating in any physical activity that is less than 90 mins in duration.