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Nutrition Can Improve Your Training this Year

 

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How Nutrition Can Improve Your Training this Year

Happy New Year to all of you in CyberLand! This is the time of year most athletes begin to develop their training and racing schedules for 2015. A big part of achieving your goals should include a sound eating strategy. This doesn’t mean create some crazy NEW YEAR RESOLUTION that you give up on in a month. No, instead, think long term and strive to be consistent throughout the entire year. I want to share a couple of ways nutrition can improve your training and racing in 2015.

1. Food can help prevent injuries
The ability to prevent injury during an endurance training program depends on many factors like proper body mechanics, training load, genetics, and rest. Nutrition is also vital whether you want to resolve an old athletic injury or prevent one from occurring.  Adequate calories, optimal macro-nutrient (carbohydrates, fats, protein) and micro-nutrient (vitamins, minerals) ranges help make the musculoskeletal system more resilient to the repetitive stress associated with endurance exercise.

2. Food can improve recovery from exerciseshutterstock_224370571
Two things come to mind when discussing exercise recovery: rest and nutrition. Eating between exercise sessions provides the necessary carbohydrate to restore glycogen levels and the amino acids needed to speed muscle repair. This process should begin the moment your workout is done. Optimal recovery allows for improved workouts and higher levels of fitness long-term.

3. Food can improve your long workouts
This one is obvious, but eating properly during exercise provides the energy you need to train more intensely and for a longer duration. The types, amount, and timing of the food intake during exercise will depend on the goals of your session. Fueling needs to become a high priority when workouts last longer than 1.5 hours in length.

These are three ways nutrition can improve your training this year. How is better nutrition going to improve your year–leave a comment and let me know. Stay tuned for more in-depth discussion about how to fuel for endurance. If you would like to learn more about eating to go long subscribe here. By signing up you will also receive a FREE PDF describing “What to Do When Things Go Wrong” in your next long race or training session.

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