The Nutrition FactorIN ORTHOPEDICS
Every athlete knows that success is achieved through hard work, dedication and discipline. While you may diligently log your hours on the field, court, pavement, or in the weight room—how does your commitment in the kitchen compare? According to the National Institutes of Health, there is a direct relationship between diet and athletic performance.
Most people who remain active on a routine basis can eat what they want and still maintain their current weight and/or physical aptitude. But even individuals who are considered “in shape” may not be reaching their full potential if an athletic-specific diet isn’t a part of their daily regimen. There are three vital dietary elements every athlete should consume—carbohydrates, protein and fats.
Finding Your Food Sources
Taking note of how long it takes for certain foods to digest can help you make smart food selections. For example:
Time to Digest: Approximately three hours
Time to Digest: Approximately three to four hours
Time to Digest: Approximately five to six hours
Being conscious of how long it will take your body to process foods and transform them into usable, beneficial energy can help you make better meal and snack choices throughout the day or before a game. The amount of calories needed to positively impact your performance depends on your age, sex and the activity you will be participating in. Consult a food guide pyramid or a nutrition counselor to determine the amount that’s right for you. Remember: always properly hydrate before, during and after you exercise.
| Shake Up Your Endurance
Try this endurance shake at breakfast next time you need to go the distance later in the day.
In a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth.
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Sources: nlm.nih.gov, montanta.edu, menshealth.com, whymilk.com, runnersworld.com