Health & Fitness for Sport
Improved health and fitness are two key benefits when you take part in sport or exercise activities. Built upon the three fundamentals of exercise, hydration and nutrition, being fit and healthy has numerous advantages, both physical, such as maintaining a healthy weight, and mental, where studies have shown physical health as being important in helping to prevent mental health problems.
Regular sustained exercise will see rapid improvements in general well-being, especially when underpinned with a healthy, well balanced diet. Maintaining a good mix of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals ensures the body has sufficient fuel to function effectively, both physically and mentally.
To take your performance to the next level, and achieve an even greater level of health and fitness, focussing on the specific nutritional needs of your sport can be hugely beneficial. Supplementing your diet with specific nutrients can help potimise the benefits of your training, help you achieve peak performance and improve your general health and fitness.
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Fitness, exercise and sport are now no longer seen as just for the young. More and more people are regaining their vitality and playing sport well into their fifties and beyond, which is great for their physical and mental health.
To keep playing sport into the later years, it is important, before beginning to speak to your doctor. Once you’ve got the green-light you’ll need to understand how best to start in your chosen sport. It’s often […]
If you are a serious athlete, sports enthusiast or simply someone who enjoys staying in shape and taking part in many of the different sporting activities on offer you will know all about sports injuries, aches, strains and pains.
Even if you look after yourself and prepare your body well, it is likely that you will at some point be on the receiving end of a sporting related injury as you subject your body to the stresses and strains of compet […]
Weight can be a crucial factor in any athlete’s training and competitive program. Being overweight can cause lots of problems, reduce performance and increase the risk of injury. It can also increase the risks associated with other more serious health problems. Whatever your chosen sport, achieving and maintaining the correct weight for you and the demands of your sport is vital to maximising your performance and your chances of achieving success […]
Women have always competed at the highest levels of sport, and in recent years there has been an explosion in women only fitness and health clubs. Whatever the sport and whatever the goals, it is vital that female athletes pay careful attention to their exercise routines, training plans and nutrition to make sure they achieve optimum performance.
Generally, the training and nutritional requirements for women are the same as for men although th […]
As young athletes grow through childhood and adolescence they face many additional challenges to physically mature athletes. As their bodies develop, a younger athlete’s skeletal structure will undergo significant change as bones grow, they become taller, body composition changes, muscles develop to become stronger, faster etc. This can be an exciting, but often challenging period in an athlete’s career, and one which needs to be carefully ma […]
Before we even consider the science behind body types and human physiology, you only have to look around you to see it is plainly obvious that there are many different body shapes and sizes in the general population.
Walking down the street you will see a whole mix of body shapes and sizes, tall people, skinny people, round people, short people – and sometimes a combination of these. These different body types are given scientific names, with […]