Enhance your performance, regeneration and resistance
Whether you are a hobby sports enthusiast or a professional athlete who takes part in competitions, as a rule people who do sport not only feel better, they live a healthier life as well. Stress is relieved more quickly and the muscles, body and immune system are strengthened. However, in order to achieve these benefits, it is important that the sport must be suited to your own level of fitness because sporting activities are a real challenge not only for the locomotor system but for the cardiovascular system as well. Sufficient regeneration phases are very important to enable the organism to recover, in line with the motto “After sports is before sports”.
Mobilise your reserves
A balanced approach is also important when it comes to nutrition. With regular and intensive training, there is an increased need not only for macronutrients such as fats, carbohydrates and proteins, but also for micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
A question of energy
In addition to good training, sports enthusiasts require a balanced diet in order to enhance their performance, regeneration and resistance. Carbohydrates and fats are the main suppliers of a significant amount of energy.
Above all, it is essential to ensure a sufficient intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3 fatty acids as these can only be produced by the body to a limited extent. Consumption through food is therefore particularly important. In addition, proteins are highly important because they play a significant role in developing and maintaining muscles. But while a sufficient quantity is crucial, the quality is also vital.
Micronutrients for sporting performance
Our body needs vitamins and minerals in order for all its organs and metabolic processes to function normally. Micronutrients have a combined effect on many metabolic processes. The availability of one individual micronutrient can influence the function or intake of another important single component. The combination of the micronutrients is important in order to provide support for the immune system and energy metabolism.
- Magnesium and calcium contribute to the maintenance of normal muscle function.
- Iron contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin and also to normal oxygen transport in the body.
- Antioxidant micronutrients such as vitamin C and also selenium and zinc are needed for the immune system.
- Vitamin C contributes to normal functioning of the immune system during and after intensive physical training.
- Certain vitamins and minerals are important for energy provision. B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and also calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and iodine contribute to a normal energy metabolism.
In order to reach your individual sporting goals, it can be useful to draw up your own training plan. It is important here to keep your plan realistic and suited to your everyday life in addition to your sporting goals. This makes it much easier to follow and helps you to get off the sofa and overcome your lack of willpower. But you should also keep an eye on your eating habits at the same time – they should be balanced and also suited to the intensity of your training and competitions. Sport is even more fun if your body is provided with the right combination of the right micronutrients as this has a positive effect on your performance and also supports regeneration.