“Some people think that sports nutrition is some over-complicated thing. The reality is sports nutrition is grounded in the same principles as general good healthy nutrition. Sports nutrition is really about putting the right nutriments in your body at the right time. Whether you’re winning a race or coming in last place, you’re moving your body and your heart rate goes up. You’re using carbohydrates for fuel. When you’re breaking down muscles, you need protein to recover. The principles of sports nutrition become important for anyone who’s active. We don’t store a lot of carbohydrates but it’s our first source of energy when we’re exercising. You can get that energy quickly from fruits. When you sweat when you’re exercising, you lose electrolytes in addition to fluids. Drinking water is sometimes not enough. You need electrolytes to stay hydrated. Have at least 20 grams of protein in combination with some carbohydrates. When you exercise, you break down your muscle fibers. Consuming good protein can help rebuild them and make them stronger.” ~Dr. Dana Ryan, Leading Sports Nutritionist
Dr. Ryan shares the following tips. So, how does one incorporate sports nutrition into one’s daily activities?
1. Make sure that you have adequate carbohydrates before you exercise because that’s going to be your body’s fuel source.
- She added that you need to have some simple carbohydrates prior to working out.
2. Have some electrolytes when you’re exercising for over half an hour or doing an intense workout.
3. Get some good quality protein after you exercise.
- She emphasized that protein is essential after a workout.
Dr. Ryan has a Ph.D. in physical activity, nutrition and wellness from Arizona State and holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a certificate in nutrition for optimal health, wellness and performance.
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