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10 Facts About Sports Nutrition

10 Facts About Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition Vending Solutions

You’ve probably spotted Nutrivend’s nutritional balanced products and convenient gym vending solutions in health and leisure centres around the UK, and you probably have a good grasp of why it is so important to watch what you eat.

However, let’s take a closer look at some of the facts surrounding sports nutrition. This is vital information for athletes, keep fit fans or anyone who wants to stay healthy. It's also the inspiration for why Nutrivend makes its nutritiously balanced, protein-packed products as easy and convenient to access as possible.

  1. Eating small amounts often, such as nutritionally balanced snacks, helps to keep your metabolism high and burns more fat. This doesn’t work if you have large meals and then add snacks on top, of course. Little and often.
  2. It’s a myth that you shouldn’t eat before you exercise. In fact, a pre-exercise snack provides fuel and boosts your energy levels, making it possible to get more out of your workout, class or sporting activity. It is important that you choose good sports nutrition however.
  3. A specially formulated protein snack after exercise is a great aid to recovery. It helps to build your energy level back up, but it can also help to repair your body, particularly muscles, if you have given them a solid workout.
  4. Sports snacks should ideally balance the restorative and rebuilding power of both protein and carbohydrate. Carbohydrates get a bad press, but after a strenuous aerobic session, they can balance your energy levels better than anything else.
  5. It’s also important to have access to high-quality proteins if you are a keen sports enthusiast who cares about your health. These stimulate the release of beneficial hormones, as well as restoring muscle. Quality protein also improves digestion and keeps you fuller for longer (making you less like to eat non-healthy food).
  6. There is a misconception that eating too much protein can make you fat, or that women will experience over-developed muscles. In fact, as women have little or no testosterone, having plenty of protein in conjunction with exercise helps to strengthen connective tissue and create better body tone.
  7. You may well have heard all about the nutritional enemy that is trans fats (found in processed foods). But do you know your Omega 3 from your Omega 6? The body needs some fat, and the recommendation is to steer towards those containing Omega 3 – found in olive oil and oily fish, for example. It’s best to avoid fats that contain Omega 6, including sunflower and corn oil.
  8. Another fact to help you to maintain your health and fitness is that fruit juices are not the “good guys” you may have been led to believe. They are packed with calories and provide an instant rush. The slow burn provided by sports snacks is far better for you.
  9. OK, so you will know this one, but we couldn’t do a blog on sports nutrition without mentioning liquids. It’s surprising how many people still don’t hydrate themselves all day every day. But clearly, when you’re exercising, it becomes not just advisable but vital!
  10. If you love sports and keeping fit, then eating healthy around the clock, all meals, is certainly highly recommended. But it’s a misconception that if you eat a balanced diet, you don’t need specific sports snacks and products.
    Unless you have studied nutrition, then your busy life and the pressures on your time make it unlikely you can cover “all the bases”. By supplementing meals with nutritional products provided by Nurtivend, you can be sure that you’re getting what your body needs.

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