There is a lot more to eating for sports and physical activity than merely chowing down on carbs or chugging sports drinks.
The good news is that eating to reach peak performance level likely doesn’t require a special diet or supplements. It’s all about working the right foods into a fitness plan in the right amounts.
Marathons, endurance and adventure races and triathalons are all gaining in popularity. Summer vacations often require building stamina for hiking, walking and increased activity above normal levels.
The energy needs of endurance athletes are high. Every athlete’s calorie needs are different, depending on gender, age, body composition, training regimen and daily activities.
During heavy training and racing cycles, strive to avoid extreme changes in weight. Smaller athletes in light training may need a minimum of 2,000 calories per day; larger athletes and those in heavy training may need well over 5,000 calories per day. Calories should come from a variety of sources.