Cycling and running are easily-accessible exercises that help us stay fit and healthy. The movement of the body and the excitement it brings as we ride on the free streets, cycle over a hill or run along a moonlit trail goes a long way to help us remain healthy and get our body in top condition.
Cycling and running help us burn fat, increase the fitness of the body and develop a very sound mind. However, some find themselves become weightier than they ever were before they started exercising. You don’t see fitness improvements and wonder where it all went wrong. Give it some days and you lose interest, switch to some other exercises, but ultimately end up in the same spot you had begun from (if not worse). The reason for your woes could be traced to nutrition – or a lack of good nutrition. What you consume and feed your body on does a lot more than you will ever imagine.
Your body is an engine, the main framework, like a skeleton and can easily be compared to a car or aircraft. If you don’t put in the right fuel for the right activities, your body will not work as it should. If you don’t eat the right food in the correct proportion, you render your cycling and running largely ineffective and apart from the cheap thrills that come when you’re peddling or running, you gain nothing else.
As an athlete engaged in cycling or running, providing your body with the adequate fuel through proper nutrition enhances your ability to perform at your best. Nutrition is vital to optimal athletic performance. For instance, a healthy carb intake helps provide you with consistent energy while lean proteins support muscle development and repair – as an athlete you need these to function effectively.
Nutrition has always been an important aspect of staying fit. Every athlete in the universe lays emphasis on nutrition, just as much as they do on exercising.
So, here are some tips for good nutrition for cycling and running:
- Consume carbohydrate foods – carbohydrate fuels and gives the body the energy necessary for all activities. However, due to the energy-sapping nature of cycling, most people tend to consume a lot of carbohydrates, hence gaining more fat than they lost. Carbohydrates are necessary but must be in the right proportion.
- Protein – protein is very important (but often overlooked) as it supports the immune function and recovery. It’s vital to add good sources of protein to your diet – chicken, eggs, fish, and so on. Protein bars are also a really effective way to quickly boost your carb and protein intake.
- Vitamins and minerals – vitamins and minerals should be taken regularly because they help our body function to its max and mend our worn tissues.
- Stay hydrated – drinking just the proper quantity of water might be the last step needed to attain the full benefits of cycling and running. Water is overall very important to the body, so try as much as possible to stray hydrated always.
Finally, good nutrition is key to a happy and healthy life. When your body is properly fed it responds well. So, if you’re a cyclist or runner who is struggling to reach your goals, take time to evaluate your current state of nutrition. Improving your diet will definitely help achieve the changes you yearn for. However, you should moderate your intake as excessive intake may lead to other health problems.
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