Triathletes, trail runners, long distance cyclists, cross-country skiers, and rowers all fall into the category of endurance athletes. These sports demand long durations of activity, as well as fueling and recovery challenges.
The great Teddy Roosevelt gave us the quote: “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Nothing shows how much you care than to sit with an athlete and discuss the changes he or she hope to see.
Recovery nutrition is all about giving the body the fuel it needs to replenish, rebuild and adapt to the training stimulus it has endured. If fuel isn’t provided, the gains from the workout will be compromised and will limit performance and adaptation in subsequent sessions.
As a former high school football player, football coach, and now occasional nutrition counselor for high school athletes, I have seen many sides of the high school athletes. One of the sides involves several nutritional challenges.
According to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), well-planned eating practices help athletes to train hard, stay healthy and injury-free, and maximize their performance. An ideal athletic diet should contain well-balanced portions of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and fluids.
As a dietitian, I tend to have a very “food first” philosophy. I feel that if we eat better and focus more on the quality of the foods we are putting in our body then we shouldn’t feel the need to take multiple dietary supplements.