Dietary basics

Don’t cramp your style!

in Dietary basics

When muscle-cramping strikes, it can scupper even the best-laid plans. Andrew Hamilton looks at commonly-used strategies to minimise cramping risk and explains how recent research provides a revolutionary new anti-cramping approach... MORE

Magnesium for girl power!

in Dietary basics

All athletes know (or should know) that nutrition is an important part of ensuring optimum muscle mass. Exercise breaks down muscle tissue, which is repaired and rebuilt during recovery – providing sufficient protein is available. But while many athletes focus on protein, research shows that – for girls at least – the mineral magnesium could... MORE

Fat adaptation: a fat lot of good?

in Dietary basics, Nutrition for endurance athletes, Weight management

Many athletes are familiar with the concept of training ‘periodisation’, where training volume and intensity are deliberately structured in distinct phases in order to peak for a specific event, while allowing adequate recovery. In recent years however, ‘dietary periodisation’ has been proposed for endurance athletes as a way of enhancing fat metabolism and conserving precious... MORE

Why magnesium matters to athletes

in Dietary basics, Nutrition for endurance athletes, Supplements

Ask most athletes to name some key minerals for human performance nutrition and you’ll probably find calcium, iron, zinc and even chromium popping up in their lists. But they are unlikely to mention magnesium. Despite magnesium’s pivotal role in energy production, many coaches and athletes remain unaware of its critical importance in maintaining health and... MORE

Overtraining: how the right nutrition can help prevent it...

in Dietary basics, Hydration and fuelling on the move, Nutrition for endurance athletes, Recovery nutrition, Recovery strategies, Supplements

Professor Mike Saunders explains how specific nutritional practices can prevent overtraining and accelerate exercise recovery Where should we draw the line between appropriate ‘heavy training’ and overtraining? And are there specific nutritional practices that can prevent overtraining and accelerate exercise recovery? Mike Saunders explains and shows that these two concepts are intimately linked.  In simple... MORE


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