I just got back from a basketball tournament with my oldest son. This wasn’t our first out of town tournament, and it won’t be our last. Because of the circle I run in, I know there are several parents of athletes that wonder, “How do I feed my kid to perform well while on the road?” Also, as parents, I know we want to maintain our health while traveling too. Now, I’m a big believer in enjoying indulgent food from time to time. If you don’t travel often, then you certainly can be more flexible and enjoy some of those “special occasion” foods that you don’t eat regularly. However, if you travel regularly, then you probably don’t want to consider traveling for sports an occasion to splurge.
Not only do I want to address out of town traveling, but the reality is high school and middle school kids go straight from school to their event and usually eat on the road. In addition, with all the after-school sports and activities, parents of younger kids may find themselves eating out frequently . So, I will address any kind of traveling that has you gone all day and forced to eat out; whether in town or out of town.
Have you ever thought about your need to recover after workouts? Most people with low to moderate intensity workouts, who get adequate sleep and eat mostly a healthy diet, will naturally recover without making extraordinary efforts.
However, if you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your workouts, or you feel increasing fatigue during workouts or otherwise, if you are not experiencing performance gains (like getting stronger, leaner, or better) during your workouts or you are sore after workouts, if you find yourself continuously getting sick, then you may need to start thinking about your recovery after workouts. Each of those complaints can be the sign of inadequate recovery.
Beyond appearance, building muscle is good for improving performance in athletes, and it is also good for improving function as we age. Adolescents struggle to get bigger faster, while the aging population fights sarcopenia (the natural deterioration of muscle mass related to aging). There are three essential components to gaining muscle. In this article, I will list and describe these three requisites for bigger muscles, as well as explain the distinction between gaining muscle and losing fat.
I was asked this exact question and have had versions of this question from many people through the recent years. Perhaps you’ve had the same question:
‘With so much information out there, how can I know who I can trust?’
With the internet, information is at our fingertips. Do an internet search for “diet” and over 600 million links pull up!!! With all this information, how can you distinguish a fact from fiction? …and perhaps more prevalent, distorted or misinterpreted facts!