You are what you eat, so if your plan is to be the strongest, most powerful athlete you can be, then you need to eat the part. Focusing too much on the workouts and not enough on the nutrition side of becoming an athlete is a rookie mistake.
If you are heading out on a road trip, then you fill your car up with fuel. You aren’t going to go far or fast without the right fuel in your tank. It is no different when it comes to your body. If you plan to push yourself and you want to see results, then your body needs to have the right fuel in it. Otherwise you are going to hit a wall of fatigue, which puts you at an increased risk for injury and reduces the effectiveness of any workout.
Find your Fuel
For the biggest benefit to your energy level and muscle-building potential, eating healthy has to be a full-time gig. You can’t expect to down a protein bar on your way to the gym and for that to make up for three solid evenings of fast food and ice cream. By making better nutrition choices day after day, you can set your body up for success and enhance your workout potential, allowing you to become the best athlete you can be.
Too often, people focus on the negatives that come with eating a healthy diet. There is too much emphasis put on what is cut out of the diet and not enough focus on what is gained.
Here is a breakdown of some of the key benefits that athletes will experience with proper nutrition:
- First and foremost, the thing that most athletes focus on about eating a healthy diet is that it really does fuel your performance. You’d be amazed how improved your ability becomes when you are hydrated, have eaten enough protein, and are not loaded down with saturated fats and simple sugars.
- Eating a proper diet helps to improve skin and bone health, which means less irritation and pain as you push yourself to workout.
- It is a lot easier to maintain energy levels when you are eating a diet that is rich in complex carbohydrates, so there is no need to go for caffeinated sodas and coffee.
- Following a healthy diet reduces your risk of chronic disease, including your risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even arthritis. This health benefit is true regardless of age or other personal health factors. Staying healthy is key to helping you stay active.
If you are trying to up your game, then eating healthier may be the best place to start. Focus on the healthy ways that you can add to your diet, rather than thinking constantly about the foods that you are trying to eliminate. Supporting your body with a healthy diet is a great way to help your body stay up to the challenge of meeting your workout goals.
If you are having trouble meeting your fitness goals, or if pain is holding you back from being the best athlete you can be, then it is time to contact NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness. We can help you get back on track with the support and guidance you need to make the most out of every workout.