What is nutrition and what impact does it have on your performance? And why is nutrition important for endurance athletes? Has either of these questions ever crossed your mind? Unfortunately, many athletes neglect this important key to success.
You could choose any car you wanted, regardless of the bells & whistles offered? What would you choose? Lamborghini? Mercedes? Rolls Royce?
Oh, and one other detail...
It's the only car you'll ever get for life.
Would that change your decision? After picking out the car you'll be driving for life, how would you treat it? How often would you change the oil, rotate the tires, change the brakes, have the inside detailed, wash & wax the outside?
The knowledge that we only get one of something, whether a car, a house or even a bicycle would certainly motivate us to treat those things with a little extra tender loving care.
So why would it be any different with our bodies? We only get one for life.
How are you treating yours?
As endurance athletes, we're breaking our bodies down with each run, bike or swim we complete. And that's where the importance of nutrition comes in!
What is nutrition? Nutrition is simply the provision, to our bodies, of the materials necessary (in the form of food) to support life. In other words, we have to rebuild what we break down!
Are you aware that...
Some of us may be horrified to realize what kind of body we've been building over the last six months, let alone seven years. None of us would knowingly consume rat poison on a daily basis but what about poisons in the form of processed, chemically-laden foods?
As an athlete, if you could choose your "body", what would you choose? What materials would it be made of? What kind of energy level would it have? How about the muscle, ligament, and tendon structure?
It's true that each of us has different genetics, but we shouldn't use that as an excuse for mediocrity. Each of us has the ability to reach our full God-given potential.
Unfortunately, nutrition is a stumbling block for many trying to reach that potential.
So, what is nutrition? Well, one thing I know for sure (from experience), is that proper nutrition is crucial for the endurance athlete.
After all, you only get one body for life!
3 Ways I suggest using BodyHealth supplements to help maintain your body for optimal performance…
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If you search for “energy supplement” on amazon, you get over 4,000 results.
How can any reasonable human sift through all that and find the ones that work? Or which ones are bogus?
I did a deep dive into the truth about “increasing your energy” in another article. It gives you a framework for understanding how real energy supplements work and why.
But here I want to do something different.
I want to get practical and tactical with 10 proven ways to boost energy production in your cellular energy factories –– your mitochondria.
We’ll start with the lifestyle and dietary ways to boost your mitochondria and then look at a few powerful supplements.
Let’s start with the cheapest...
Your average health food store has an entire section devoted to “energy.”
The products on the shelf, with their fancy logos and specially designed packaging, make grandiose claims about what they will do for your “energy levels.”
But the truth?
Most of them are stimulants in disguise, artificially jacking you up to give you the sensation of energy.
But in the end, they do more harm than good. They increase cortisol, cause dehydration, and deplete you.
Because almost none of them do anything on the biological level that supports your real energy system: your mitochondria and metabolism.
That’s why in this article I want to show you what to look for with any new supplement.... and why.
It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.