Exercise and nutrition go hand-in-hand and our expert nutritionist Anita Pugh has these tips for training:
Don’t get fancy before getting the basics right. So many people spend a
lot of money on fancy sports supplements without first having the
foundations in place.
1. Hydration. Drink plenty of water every day, as just 2% dehydration can
effect performance by 10%.
2. Protein. Ensure you take in enough protein throughout the day as well
as post-workout in order to repair and maintain muscle rather than start
breaking it down for energy. Fast easy protein snacks including a free
range boiled egg, a free range skinless chicken drumstick, a small handful
of raw nuts or a protein shake made with a quality whey protein.
3. Rest days and good quality sleep is crucial to your health and
performance. Over-training is a common mistake in those training for an
event or just on a continual exercise program. The rest part of the
program is as important as the exercise part, so make sure you factor
some in if you are training 6-7 days a week and want optimum results.
Good snack options for busy people:
Boiled eggs, raw nuts, Nairns oatcakes & hummus, a few slices of chicken breast, plain biodynamic Jalna yoghurt – add your own passionfruit
Tips for weight loss and good health:
Never buy ‘light’ or ‘skim’ products, they are often high in sugar;
Fat is not what’s making you fat – it’s probably sugar;
Never skip breakfast;
Eat little and often;
Add some protein to everything;
Drink more water;
Watch your alcohol and coffee intake.