Essential Nutrition for Sport
The human body requires the correct levels of nutrition and hydration to function in a healthy and efficient way. Making sure it receives an optimum balance is the foundation upon which any successful fitness and performance improvement regime should be built.
Eating the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals will ensure your body has a ready supply of energy to train effectively, build muscle, increase fitness and reduce the risk of injury.
For serious athletes wishing to take their training to the next level, building upon these fundamentals to focus on the specific nutritional requirements of their body, and their sport by increasing or supplementing specific nutrients can help to improve performance, reduce the risk of injury and lessen recovery times.
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