Sports Nutrition For Runners: Q & A With Rebecca Scritchfield

When you’ve been in a field as long as I have, you see some things go around full circle. I’ve seen this with sports nutrition and with stretching. It kind of makes you wonder what we’ll be teaching next year, doesn’t it? With research becoming more and more precise, I think it’s fair to say that information is more available now than it was 30 years ago; results can be tested and tweaked on computers in ways we never dreamed of before; and data can be compiled and analyzed from multiple sources, very quickly. This gives us the opportunity to change our minds with some authority. As long as politics stays out of the equation, this new and rapid data analysis is a marvelous thing.

Just take a peek at the price tag of premium protein powders the next time you walk into a health supplement store. You may end up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars annually just on protein powder alone.

But, how would we know if these babies are fed enough? This is precisely why we have to focus not just on nutrition, but also optimal nutrition – that these babies are fed with complete and balanced mix of nutrients. World renowned nutritional specialist on athletic mindset and on aging, Dr. Michael Colgan, states that we have to ingest a precise mix of 59 nutrients to optimize our body functions.

Dynamic stretching is like getting dinner ready. Part 1 – You start with the preparation. Every ingredient is prepped before you start cooking. Same with dynamic stretching. The muscle groups that will be used for your running or walking are prepped by taking all the parts that you’re going to exercise and gradually warming them up. Easy running and walking preps those muscles to perform at a higher intensity later. They’re getting warmed up…

All athletes know that training is important and that hard work, when done right, pays off with results. That hard work can be sabotaged by the food that is going in your body. For any fitness goal, whether its weight loss, weight gain or performance, 70 % or more depends on nutrition. For an athlete, it not only depends on what food you eat, but also the timing of the food you eat. It is such a fine balance between repair and injury, sickness and health, performing well or gassing out and food can be the push either way. Over the next couple weeks, I’m going to talk about caloric intake and nutrient breakdown, eating to lose, gain and maintain weight, quality of food, hydration and supplementation.

Beware of sports studies done under the name of science. The P.H.D.’s involved are many times paid by supplement companies to make trials appear subjective. Instead, they skew the data to hype up sales. Good wholesome (organic, unprocessed, complete) food is the best thing for you most of the time.

You will enjoy a meal more than a supplement. Whether you want massive muscles or a tone down the best way to go is the normal healthy way. I advise you to check with your GP before even considering taking protein supplements. One last thing, whatever your challenge is, drink enough fluids as possible, plenty of water!

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