How Sports Nutrition Can Affect an Athlete
Anyone engaged in a specific sport with any type of strenuous exercise has different nutritional needs than someone trying to lose weight. Their nutrition also may involve a different ratio of fat, protein and carbohydrates with a higher intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Studies show that the right nutrition and supplementation can lead to a greater power recovery and an athletic performance increase of up to 40%.
Why Athlete Nutritional Needs are Different
The rigors of sports’ activities make different nutritive demands on athletes depending upon the type, and intensity, of the activity. The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports says that, while in training, an athlete’s caloric needs may increase up to 1,500 calories per day.
Endurance athletics, those that involve brisk physical activity that continues for more than an hour (such as the type that occurs in distance running and cycling), often need to consume more than 3,000- 5,000 calories per day to meet the increased energy needs of their sport. Endurance athletes also have a higher protein need because the longer their sports’ workout, the faster their carbohydrate stores are depleted, which forces the body to turn to protein for its fuel.
High-Intensity athletics, those that involve short burst of intensity (such as the type that occurs in sprinting or weight lifting) have varied nutritional needs depending on the sport and the lean muscle verse body fat ratios.
Moderate athletics, those that vary their intensity and frequency, have an increased caloric need based on the intensity and the frequency of their sport and should consume at least the minimum amount of the caloric recommendations for athletes.
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A Little Dehydration Has a Big Impact
If you want to perform at your best in sport or exercise, you've got to keep your body adequately hydrated throughout your activity. Dehydration can affect mental sharpness, hand-eye coordination, and impair physical performance. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends the following guidelines for keeping the body hydrated:
BEFORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Drink at least 16 ounces of fluid about two hours beforehand.
DURING ACTIVITY: Drink 5 to 10 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes.
AFTER ACTIVITY: Drink 16 ounces for each pound of body weight lost during activity.