I thought I’d blog about this as I know a lot of runners swear by a coffee to get them going before a race and you’ll be pleased to know that out of all the supplements out there, caffeine is one of the few that has evidence to suggest it works. You need to get the balance right because too much will send your digestive system into overdrive. Like most nutrition things, it’s about finding the right amount for you. Some people are much more sensitive to caffeine than others and if you don’t currently drink coffee, I would recommend … Continue reading
It’s safe to say Winter is here now and along with it, coughs, colds and stomach bugs. If you have children, you’re even more likely to come into contact with Winter bugs as children are great at spreading germs. Running can also put a greater stress on the immune system and the importance of good nutrition is often under estimated. Yes you ran 10 miles but re-fuelling with beer and a takeaway will not help you improve performance or reach any goal you may have for your running. Nutrition is vital for a good immune system but can we build … Continue reading
Why should you eat a low carb diet if you’re a runner? Carbohydrates were once thought to be the perfect fuel for running and a high carbohydrate, low fat diet was thought to be protective against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, strokes, cancer and obesity. However, the tables have turned and now evidence shows this is not the case. Just because you are a runner, this doesn’t necessarily protect you from all those diseases. Although your risk might be lower, a poor diet is not cancelled out by running. Exercise only accounts for 30% of the work towards a good, … Continue reading
Almost everyone wants to be lean, have a 6 pack or at least some abs visible and plenty of muscle. Some athletes will religiously weigh themselves to make sure they haven’t gained or lost weight but do you know what’s going on inside? The answer, is probably NO! The scales only say so much, they can’t tell you what you body fat actually is or what your muscle mass. Body fat does affect your performance but it’s important to know what your muscle mass is too. The more muscle mass you have, the better for sport. How can you find … Continue reading
Did you know you can run and fast? Fasting has huge benefits to health as well as being great for weight loss. Fasting has been shown to help reduce the risk of: cardiovascular disease type 2 diabetes certain cancers some digestive disorders It is still possible to fast and train though to begin with you might want to have a fasting day on a non training day. After a few weeks, you will be able to train on a fast day as your body gets used to it. What I particularly like about fasting is the thought I’m giving my … Continue reading
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