Train, Rest, Recover, Eat?

20130130-084335Whether you are a runner, yogi, gymnast, soccer player, wrestler, or a climber; you have to train in order to improve your skills/technique within your sport or activity. No one is able to just start doing yoga one day and then the next day they wake up and they are some crazy master yogi. It’s not possible, that does not happen. You can’t start gymnastics in January and expect to be Elite by April. This type of improvement comes with time, the longer you practice a sport or skill, the more progress you will see within your activity. Remember “practice makes progress”. As athletes, we have all followed these simple steps in order to improve and see the inspiring results that push us farther: Train, Rest, Recover. As time goes on, we are learning more and more information about how our body works, and how our bodies like to be treated. Lets add one more step onto our process: Train, Rest, Recover, Eat?

Yes, Eat! Each and every day we are hearing and reading more and more about diets, healthy food, calories, good carbs, bad carbs, we need fats, and how do carbs and protein infer with our fitness levels anyways? The truth is, there are MANY different answers to these questions. Yes there are good carbs and bad carbs, but the bottom line is: we still need carbohydrates. Many people often fear “calories”. I like to think of calories in a different way, calories are my fuel. I need fuel to power myself throughout my day, and so do you. As we are learning more and more about how our amazing bodies work, we are learning more and more about what our bodies need in order to keep improving and pushing through each day.

Here is little tip for my fellow athletes. If you want to see the best results, you need to fuel your body properly before, after, and during your exercising periods. The best way to do this is: carbohydrates, electrolytes, protein. Carbohydrates act as a fuel for your body, carbs fuel your muscles so you are able to push your body to work as hard as it can possibly push itself during your workout! During your workout, it is also very important to stay hydrated, of course you need to drink water, and drink lots of it! Sometimes our bodies need that little extra boost to keep pushing, this is where electrolytes come into play. Electrolytes help “balance” the body. How can you tell when your body is lacking electrolytes? You start to experience cramps, in fact, once your body starts cramping, your performance levels have started to drop significantly. The final step to a proper athlete diet is protein. Protein is what we use to help our muscles during the recovery process. It is VERY important to assist your muscles during recovery, otherwise everything that you worked so hard for during your exercising period could be a lost cause, it could even hurt you.

Following a proper athlete diet is simple, there are three steps: Carbohydrates, Electrolytes, and Protein. If you follow these three steps, you will see a great improvement in your sport or activity. Improvement is our inspiration to push even farther. Adding the “Eat” step onto our “train, rest, recover” sequence is the key to success in athletics, no matter what sport you come from, a proper diet is essential to your success.

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