Organic generation – Sport guidebook

The life of an athlete begins with their diet

Sport and physical activity are crucial in fostering full body development, as well as in supporting and maintaining an optimum state of health both in the short and long term. Numerous scientific studies demonstrate the benefits of regular physical activity on the body’s anatomy, not to mention its physiology and metabolism.

Getting into the best physical condition and achieving optimal sporting shape are the result of the interaction between many factors. A proper, balanced diet is the best way to meet the specific energetic and nutritional needs of athletes, whether amateurs or professionals.

Therefore, while it is clear that the first step is to plan a training program incorporating the means and times that suit the athlete, their sporting discipline and their objectives, healthy eating always forms the foundation of a positive physical and mental condition. The nutrients that get transformed inside our bodies into structural elements and the energy that allows our muscles to work come from food.

The quantity, quality and proportions in which these nutrients are consumed are the deciding factors in the efficiency and wholesomeness of our diet: an adequate and varied diet aims to meet our energetic (calories) and nutrient (protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals) needs in a balanced manner, as well as our other fundamental nutritional requirement for water, and should also supply us with other substances that are beneficial for the body, such as dietary fibre.

The profile of a good athlete 

  1. Lead a healthy lifestyle.

  2. Do not overeat, and refrain from eating junk food and smoking.

  3. Do not drink alcohol, except in moderate quantities.

  4. Do not go overboard with fats or simple sugars.

  5. Eat fruit and vegetables so that you get the right amount of dietary minerals, fibre and vitamins in your diet.

  6. Choose food that has been organically farmed, that is free from harmful pesticides, additives, preservatives and food colourings.

 

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