Running a marathon takes a huge toll on your body, but if you don’t follow the key steps to aid your recovery, you put yourself at risk for picking up an infection or simply having an extended recovery time where you feel fatigued. Recovery from a marathon is more than a 12-24 hour process, such that for two to three days after the race you should continue to focus on all aspects of recovery to allow your body recover properly, and get back on the roads. …more
With the All Ireland football final coming up this Sunday, many county finals taking place throughout the country and the rugby season now under way, it seems appropriate to discuss nutrition best practice in preparation for match day performance.
Most athletes know nutrition is important for peak performance. However, many do not know what, how much and when to eat in the lead-up to games.
Although coaches and players have different beliefs about what athletes should eat, the primary nutrition goals in the lead-up to games are to maximise energy stores with appropriate foods and to ensure you are well-hydrated.
Carbohydrate is the main macro-nutrient that athletes must consume, as the primary source of energy the body relies on during high-intensity exercise. …more
On a rest day, the main focus for athletes is to recover, rejuvenate and unwind. This doesn’t mean lying on the couch for the day as most athletes tend to be proactive about their recovery strategies, and this includes their food intake. …more