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Sports Nutrition Tips

By Sara Butler

Are you kicking your exercise regimen into high gear this spring? If so, one area you need to focus on is your diet. In fact, training isn't simply limited to what you do during your workouts because bad habits in the kitchen will lead to poor performance. Here are some easy sports nutrition tips that can help you reach your health, wellness, and fitness goals.

Stay Simple

You don't need expensive supplements or fancy shakes to help improve your performance. Some of the best advice is to keep your diet as simple as you can with whole foods. Use easy recipes with only a handful of minimally processed ingredients, such as oatmeal with sliced banana or baked chicken with a sweet potato.

Find What Works

Do you fall into the trap of trying out trendy diets all the time? Well, it's important to remember that everybody responds to things differently. What you see working for one person may not work for you and also may not meet your dietary needs. You must find something that can work with your schedule, your metabolism, your preferences, and the availability where you live. That will make it much easier to stick to and you'll be happier doing it.

Stick to a Routine

If you want to perform well, then you have to set a routine and stick to it -- including eating. What you eat and when you eat it can have a huge impact on your physical performance and it helps to reduce any stomach issues you may have during your training. It also helps to reduce fatigue because if you find a routine and stick to it, then you don't have to think too hard about what you should be doing next. Get a planner and write down your daily schedule, including workouts, meal plans, and mealtimes. Then stick with it!

Make It a Priority

While most people can easily fit training into their busy schedules, that's not something most people can do with nutrition -- or they'll end up running by a drive-thru on their way home and veering wildly off their health plan. That's why you should make nutrition a priority by planning ahead. Map out your meals for the week and prep as much food as you can. That can help you to get what you need when you need it without a drive-thru in sight.

You can achieve a lot with nutrition as long as you know what to do!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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