Professional athletes train for hours every day and their dietary needs far surpass those of the typical exerciser. They have higher protein needs and require carb levels that will give them both short bursts of energy and long levels for endurance.
Gatorade, the company most well known for hydration beverages, has created a line of product for professional athletes called Gatorade G Series Pro. This line was created with elite athletes in mind, those who train for hours and face different nutritional hurdles than the rest of us. This line has different nutritional standards than the other lines Gatorade offers, the traditional Gatorade often referred to as G or G2 (the lower sugar version), the G Series Fit and the G Series Natural. G Series Pro is offered in the same three step line as the G Series Fit, with Prime, Perform and Recover. Prime was created for use an hour before training, Perform during and Recover for use within two hours after a workout.
If there is one advantage overweight people have over those of a normal weight when it comes to fitness, it’s that the more you weigh, the more calories you burn doing the same amount of work. Ask yourself: What is easier? Walking up a flight of stairs, or walking up a flight of stairs with a refrigerator strapped to your back?
While toting household appliances may be a bit extreme, you can get the same benefits of adding weight to your body for a more intense workout by using a weighted vest- a piece of fitness equipment designed for just such results. Unfortunately, most people either haven’t heard of them, or think they are just for hardcore athletes, when in actuality, they are great for even the fitness beginner.
Different types of weight vests are made for different activities. Some vests have a sleek design, like this one from Altus Athletic, which are less restrictive of movement and made for sports and activities that require more range of motion in the arm, such as throwing a ball or swinging a golf club. Other vests, like this one from GoFit, have broader shoulders, which is more comfortable for walking and running. Cardio becomes more taxing on the body when you must propel more weight, and your leg muscles will become stronger and more toned, especially when traveling uphill, than if you were walking with your own body weight alone.
What athletes love about their sport, whether it’s running, cycling, or swimming, is the rhythmic and repetitive motions that their bodies thrive on for the physical results and their minds gravitate towards for the meditative effects.
But when the same kinds of motions hit the body over and over again, it can take its toll on muscles, joints, bones and ligaments, leaving them misaligned. In addition, certain sports may favor one side of the body over another, like golf, while others such as cycling create powerful legs but weak and tight hips. This over-utilization of certain muscles and under-utilization of others can over time create imbalances, which can lead to injury.
Yoga not only counters these developed asymmetries, but it also provides the athlete with a host of benefits that can improve their performance.
Here is what you need to know about yoga for athletes:
When you think of athletes, it’s usually safe to assume that they are in good shape. This isn’t always the case. The most obvious example is offensive and defensive lineman in football. Sure, they are as strong as oxen. But, once football is over, that spare tire around most of their waists will just be a health burden.
There are more examples where that came from. The New York Daily News spotlights 36 of their favorite “fat-letes.” Here are a few interesting examples:
If someone can please explain to me why we are so obsessed with what the Olympic athletes, I’d love to hear it. I am just as intrigued as anyone else as to how these elite sports figures eat to stay healthy, look amazing and stay at the top of their game.
From Michael Phelps eating his victory meal of a cheeseburger and fries on Saturday night to Dara Torres’s favorite training breakfast of a citrus berry smoothie, the interest of what these athletes nosh on is captivating.
For women, learning the nutrition tips and secrets of some of the United State’s most powerful and accomplished Olympic athletes is like learning how to put on mascara from your older sister. The sharing of beauty and health advice is our way of connecting with one another, supporting each other and educating one another. No matter how old we are, we never tire of swapping advice with one another.
Two former and current female athletes give us their inside scoop on how to stay healthy, look beautiful and keep their bellies full and satisified.
Even though Dara Torres and Mary Lou Retton are not similar in height, they both have similar eating styles. Neither of them count calories. Instead, they rely on eating everything in moderation, eating small amounts of indulgent foods and relying on lean proteins and plenty of fresh foods to fuel their day.
Retton who is a busy mother of four girls, eats to be healthy even though she still works out everyday. Also, as a mother of four impressionable young ladies, she keeps words like “skinny,” “fat” and “thin,” out of the daily vocabulary of her female household and instead talks with her children about the importance of being “strong,” “powerful” and “healthy.”
For Torres and Retton, counting calories, measuring fat grams and hopping on scales sets the groundwork for unrealistic body size expectations, unhealthy body images and potential eating disorders. Torres, who herself wrestled with bulimia for many years, focuses now on eating what she wants, when she wants, but exercising a lot so that she can have her cake and eat it too.
Here is a recipe of Torres’s favorite breakfasts: A citrus berry smoothie that packs fiber, protein and taste into a satisfying meal and great post-workout snack that was created by Eating Well magazine.
1 1/4 cups fresh berries
3/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place berries, yogurt, orange juice, dry milk, wheat germ, honey and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 432 calories; 3 g fat (2 g sat, 0 g mono); 15 mg cholesterol; 77 g carbohydrate; 20 g protein; 7 g fiber; 250 mg sodium; 617 mg potassium. 8 Weight Watchers Points.
Vitamin C (175% daily value), Calcium (63% dv), Potassium (18% dv), Magnesium (16% dv).
4 1/2 Carbohydrate Servings
Exchanges: 3 fruit, 2 low-fat milk