A balanced diet makes your body healthy
Good nutrition is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, this is even more so when we engage in physical activity. Sporting Recovery lifestyle programme involves good food choices, ensuring you have enough energy to participate, which in turn helps training and aids recovery. Eat a varied and well-balanced diet that supplies the right amount of energy and essential nutrients.
Food is the fuel for our body. Nature has a colorful variety of food options, particularly fruits and vegetables. When fueling i.e. feeding the body, there is “healthy food” and there is “junk food.” Initially, both will produce energy. While, healthy food provides the right kinds of energy, enhances the operation of the body’s complex systems, strengthens its resilience against disease, and increases its durability and longevity. Junk food, on the other hand, has essentially the opposite effect in all these areas, and contributes to the breaking down of the body over time.
Food for thought
A balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing can be protected by ensuring that our diet provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and water.
It is crucial to get your food and fluid intake right if you want to enjoy a good health, to recover quicker from training sessions and generally enjoy exercise. Protein, fluids, fat, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables are required for building and repairing your body and plays an important role in how you respond to exercise.
Not drinking enough fluid has significant implications for mental health. The early effects of even mild dehydration can affect our feelings, mental performance and behaviour. – the effects becoming more noticeable as the body gets progressively more dehydrated.
Maintaining adequate hydration is essential for good health.
It is important to start each day well hydrated, take on-board appropriate fluids during day and restore hydration levels as soon as possible afterwards in order to replace the water and salts lost in sweating.
No matter what you do your body requires carbohydrates to move. Exercising muscles rely on carbohydrate as their main source of fuel. The amount and type you need will depend on what you are doing. In general, the more intense the physical activity, the more carbohydrate you need to include in your diet. A diet low in carbohydrate can lead to a lack of energy during exercise, early fatigue, loss of concentration and delayed recovery.