“What should I eat before and after a workout?” We get asked this question by many fitness enthusiasts and also those starting out on their health and fitness journey. Before giving recommendations and strategies, we first would like to note that what you consume and how much you consume, depends on your goals, as well as, type, intensity, and length of your exercise. With that being said, there are some general guidelines we believe are beneficial to maximizing your exercise performance. In this article, we will break down fueling strategies for pre and post workout.
Most Americans have access to clean water, yet we are the number one consumer of bottled water worldwide. We, as Americans, use an average of 50 billion water bottles each year, and that number is slowly climbing. What attracts people to water bottles? Is it the convenience? Is it because bottled water is perceived as being cleaner than tap water, or water from a fountain? Do people think the financial impact is minimal, therefore why worry about it? Have you ever thought of the impact bottled water has on you and the environment that surrounds you? In this article, we will be talking about the benefits of ditching that “one and done” water bottle and picking up a reusable BPA-free water bottle (we will discuss “BPA free” later in this article).
“Water sucks, it really, really sucks” is a classic line from The Waterboy Movie. Unbeknownst to the viewers, the waterboy is as important to the team as the quarterback. Think about it, if the quarterback does not stay hydrated he can start feeling fatigued, dehydrated or even have a heat stroke. If he experiences these symptoms, which many people encounter when not properly hydrated, he can not perform to his full potential. Who supplies the water? THE WATERBOY!!! Not only is hydration important for athletes, staying hydrated is important for everyone, including you. Staying hydrated can help maintain focus, keep joints healthy, and can prevent you from consuming excess calories that can contribute to undesired weight gain.
So what are the hacks to staying hydrated in 2017?
Vitamins and minerals, aka micronutrients, do not provide energy, but are key players in energy production and other body functions needed for optimal performance. Thus far, there are no specific intake recommendations for athletes, although athletes at risk for a deficiency may need additional supplementation. While vitamins do not enhance performance, a deficiency can lead to poor performance. Keep in mind, though this is an article about athletes, the functions and Daily Recommended Intakes apply to the general population. You may not need to perform on the court or the field, but rather at your workplace or at home. Here are the top 5 micronutrients, and how they play a role in the body.