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Optimising your sporting performance...

25 May 2012 3:00 PM - It takes more than natural talent to be a champion

Maybe you are a runner or perhaps you like bike riding.  You could be training for an event or working on improving your times.  Perhaps you enjoy a hit of tennis or golf or you play football or cricket. 

You may be exercising for fun or you might have a goal in mind.  Regardless, you probably want to do your best, right?  And you probably want to minimise your risk of injury and illness. 

I'm guessing you have spent quite a bit of your hard earned money on all the right equipment and gear you need to optimise your performance.  But what about you?  Do you take care of yourself in order to deliver your best? 

It's important to realise there is a lot more to a winning performance than "carb loading" and downing a sports drink. 

Good sports nutrition is vital for stamina and endurance, strength, concentration, focus and mental alertness as well as repair and recovery. 

Poor nutrition generally, (not just leading up to the day) can really compromise your results.  It can take you from a "champion" to middle of the pack. It's especially important to get carbohydrate and protein intake right.  You need the right amount and type of carbohydrates to provide you with the necessary "fuel" as well protein for muscle growth and repair.  In addition, you need to develop a hydration plan which takes into account your sweat rate

And don't forget, if you are seriously training for a particular event, you need to practice your nutrition just like you practice every other aspect of your routine. 

As a naturopath, I work with a number of weekend and amateur athletes.  Taking into account their training regime as well as health issues which may be affecting them, I help them with their eating plans, food choices and supplements, both on an ongoing basis as well as leading up to and post an event.  This helps them to get the right mix of macronutrients as well as essential minerals and vitamins. 

The beauty of my training in herbal medicine is that I also use herbs to make individualised tonics to help with recovery, endurance, tissue repair and immune support (immunity takes a beating due to the stresses of extensive exercise). 

So, if you feel like your performance is not reflecting the quality of your equipment, take a look at your diet and call me for an appointment for a personalised plan.

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In good (winning) health,

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath
Melbourne CBD

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