Important Elements for Practical Sports Nutrition

All athletes nutritional needs differ from each other even though their goals are synonymous; competing and winning. Runners, cyclists, basketball players, swimmers and many others have a distinctive approach regarding their nourishment.  With all the complexities that each athlete goes through, practical sports nutrition is a very important element for any athletes training routine regardless if it’s intensive or light. The bottom line is athletes want practical applications in sports nutrition because they want to compete and ultimately win, but in order to do so they need something designed for them and their sport.

When creating a program there are some important factors that you need to consider before you jump too far ahead.   These factors are essential in identifying every your nutritional needs because in the end it’s going to help you maximize your performance and take things to the next level.

  • Begin with the end goal of where you want to be
  • Current athlete’s lifestyle
  • Different types of training currently involved in
  • The physique and physiology of the athlete
  • Current sport supplements

Any person who has been successful will tell you they think of where they want to be and work backwards, hence the saying, ‘begin with the end in mind’.  So if you wan to lose weight you’ll need to look at the amount of calories you’re currently taking in and the excersise you are currently active in.

What lifestyle do you currently live?  Are you the weekend warrior when it comes to working out? In other words do you work out during the day and party all night?, How many times a week do you work out, 2, 4, or 6 days? Or are the one who ‘talks about working out’ yet doesn’t do anything about it?  In order to really gain moment you will most likely have to change your lifestyle to one where you work out 5 days a week for an hour each time AND have a solid nutritional plan in place that will allow you to get to your end goal.

If you work out, what type of training do you participate in?  Do you go the gym and go through the motions and think to yourself you’re working out?  Been there done that….Do you lift weights, do yoga, do solid cardio?  While I’m not a firm believer that you must lift weights you’ll clearly have to have some type of yoga and cardio into your routine if you want to meet that end goal.  Stretching is the one 90% of the people overlook and is arguable the most important due to most people’s lifestyle during the day (i.e. you sit at a desk).

Are you happy with your body physique?  If not what do you really want to improve upon?  Do you want to tone up your arms, butt, legs? or do you simply want to build muscle?  It really doesn’t matter what your goal is as long as you have a idea of what you want to improve upon.

Do you take any supplements?  Most doctors agree that all of us should take some form of supplements due to the fact that we simply don’t eat enough of the right foods.  So even though we have a program that can greatly assist you in meeting your end goals, you will still most likely have to take supplements to offset areas where you are low in your daily vitamin needs.

Always keep in mind that when it comes to practical health nutrition for athletes, carbohydrates will be a critical piece of the puzzle as you look to train and compete.  The net is you have to have a solid plan in place that is easy to follow and understand because otherwise you will simply continue to wander aimlessly and never reach your goals or potential.

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