Centuries ago, warriors (the original athletes) ate the hearts of lions. Today, athletes seek out energy drinks and protein shakes. Clearly, times have changed. In case you are wondering what else is old – and new – when it comes to sports nutrition, I’ve compiled this update to resolve confusion and help you fuel for success.
Whether you are looking for a hit, boost, pleasing stimulant, or excuse to socialize with your friends, coffee is the go-to beverage for many people. Coffee-drinkers enjoy the way a cup of morning brew enhances their feelings of well-being and their ability to accomplish daily tasks. Fortunately, moderate coffee intake is typically not associated with health risks.
How healthy you are depends largely on the diet and lifestyle choices you make. It also matters how educated and financially secure you are. And where you live – not only in what kind of neighborhood but also in which part of the country – plays a role as well. If you are looking for the most health-promoting environment in America today, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the place to be, according to a survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), titled the American Fitness Index™ (AFI).
Despite plenty of encouragement from the government and health experts to move more, Americans still find it hard to adopt a less sedentary lifestyle. Merely 20 percent are in compliance with the government’s recommendations for physical activity, which advise getting at least two and a half hours per week of moderately intense aerobic exercise like brisk walking as well as some strength training such as lifting weights or doing pushups. The “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” as the recommendations are officially called, have been criticized as unrealistic and unattainable for many Americans, especially for low-income earners and those living in unwalkable and unsafe neighborhoods.
You’ve probably heard stories about marathoners and soldiers who have died due to consuming too much water. Clearly, overhydration can be as dangerous to your health as underhydration. While our bodies can deal with transient underhydration for limited periods of time, chronic dehydration can lead to serious health issues. So what does a sweaty athlete need to know about staying adequately hydrated? Here are some answers from recent studies.
Exercising as a team or under the pressure of contest can produce extra benefits but also dangers. For instance, CrossFit, a chain of gyms that offers boot camp-style strength and conditioning training, has quickly developed a large, some say cult-like, following. Besides athletes and fitness enthusiasts, some businesses use the program for teambuilding purposes. But because of its intensity, injuries from overexertion are not uncommon.