Proper Nutrition for an Active Lifestyle

Proper nutrition for an active  lifestyle  is something that is known to be important, but is not always a priority for many people. Having good nutrition while being active is essential and it means that you provide your body with the proper fuel as well as replenish your body with the correct nutrients.

An active  lifestyle  means that some sort of physical activity is participated in consistently, whether it is jogging around the neighborhood, playing in a rec league or many other options. Proper nutrition is essential for everyone, but due to the physical stresses being placed on the body during physical activity it becomes that much more important. There are a few things to consider.

Nutrition and exercise work together

Eating after exercise and a pre workout meal are important

The nutrients received by pre and post workout nutrition is specific and necessary

Nutrition and Exercise:

These two topics can be discussed extensively individually, but now will be discussed together. When you are participating in any sort of exercise program it is important to evaluate your nutrition habits. When you start a physical activity program and you do not incorporate good nutrition, it can be very harmful to your body.

In terms of exercising, you must think of your body as a machine. Every machine needs a specific fuel that allows it to work properly. Your body has specific fuels that allow it to work more effectively, as well as having specific replenishing fuels. The more intense the program, the more fuel and nutrients are needed to maximize results and ensure that you are not harming your body.

Pre Workout Meal:

As mentioned above, your body requires specific fuel before participating in an exercise session. The fuel that your body requires is complex carbohydrates. Carbohydrates fuel one third of intense exercise, and its byproducts are the primer to burn fat. They are also the only fuel source for anaerobic exercise.

The key to the carbohydrates is making sure that they are complex and not simple. Simple carbohydrates can actually be counterproductive to your workout because fatigue will onset faster than normal.

You want to make sure that you allow this meal to absorb into the body, so that it can be used as a fuel for the workout. This means that you should eat the meal about two hours before the workout. For those who are early birds this may be challenging. Making the meal liquid can help with this because it will digest quicker.

Eating after Exercise:

During a workout your body, especially your muscles, is physically stressed with the intent to make them stronger or more functional. However, if you do not replenish your body with post workout nutrition it can be harmful to not only your muscles, but your overall health. It is important to replace amino acids particularly because these are the building blocks to proteins that rebuild the muscle.

One particular amino acid represents the majority of the only amino acid pull within your muscle and it is called L-glutamine. It is important to replace this particular amino acid because it helps keep your immune system healthy while it is being stressed during a workout.

Another important pool to consider replacing is your glycogen storage. This is also located in your muscles and is supplied by glucose forming glycogen. This is important to restore because when this runs out, you become fatigued. If you start a session in an already depleted state, then you can actually become fatigued faster than normal. This meal needs to be consumed within 45 minutes after finishing a session, and remember that liquid protein digests faster than a solid meal!

Proper nutrition for active  lifestyle  is something that should be followed by all individuals participating in physical activity. All of the above mentioned topics need to be applied in order for you to properly fuel and replenish your body.