Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | April 30, 2014

10 Nutrition and Hydration Tips for Endurance Athletes

If you run, cycle, swim or participate in any form of endurance sport, you probably focus a great deal of attention on your training regimen. You have probably developed a program that describes workouts you perform on specific days of the week to maximize your athletic performance and achieve your personal goals. However, if you are like many athletes, your eating and hydration habits may not be as sophisticated as your training program. A lot of us eat reasonably well, but may still have room for improvement (I know I do). Here are 10 tips for improving your nutrition and hydration habits:

  1. Eat before a workout or competitive event.
  2. Eat immediately after a workout or competitive event.
  3. Drink adequate fluids during a workout or competition.
  4. Know what foods and drinks you tolerate best.
  5. Be clear about your nutritional requirements.
  6. Eat real food.
  7. Eat in moderation.
  8. Periodize your eating habits.
  9. Lose weight during the off-season.
  10. Use dietary supplements and ergogenic aids sparingly.

In the coming weeks, I will describe each of these tips in detail and offer recommendations for improving your nutrition and hydration habits.

NEXT POST – May 4, 2014

Cycle-Log: Competition Phase 2014 – Week 2

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