As a runner, it’s essential that you keep in mind the best foods to fuel your body with each and every day. Too many runners put all the focus on their training sessions, forgetting the fact that what they eat will make a large difference on the performance they see.
There are certain types of nutritional products that should be in every runners pantry in order to guarantee optimal performance.
Wondering what those are?
Let’s go over the most important products that you should be sure to pick up today.
As a runner, your protein needs are going to be higher than the average sedentary individual. But, with your busy lifestyle and all the training sessions you’re doing, it can be hard to prepare enough food protein sources to get these needs met.
Best of all, the protein powder is fast digesting so ideal for taking before or after your training sessions.
For those long runs where you tend to notice your energy plummeting before your run is over, turn to energy chews. Our SHOT Energy chews are a great source of calorie-controlled carbohydrates and also provide you with a small dose of caffeine as well.
This is a great way to ensure that you keep your energy level high at all times and perform to your best of capabilities. Simply take a few chews with you as you head out for your run and consume as needed.
A good sports drink is another product you’ll want to have. A sports drink will help provide you with sodium and potassium, two of the minerals that act as electrolytes in the body and can play a key role in the regulation of muscular contractions.
Whether you choose to sip this sports drink during your run or have it immediately after for replenishment purposes, it’s a good beverage to have on your side.
Finally, for those busy days where getting in proper meals is a challenge, protein bars can come into play perfectly. Protein bars may satisfy some runners more than a protein shake would, so if that’s the case and you are watching your body weight, this might be the superior option.
Choose a quality protein bar that contains a balanced mix of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. This will help sustain you for hours to come until your next meal.
So keep these products in mind as you form your diet plan. If you can pick all of these up, you can feel confident you are well-prepared for all the demands your running program will place on your body.
...and remember, qualified nutritionists at Healthy Being are available to offer further general advice to help guide you in selecting the right products. So please, feel free to contact us at anytime!
Shannon Clark is a qualified nutritionist and a regular contributer to HB Insights. She specialises in weight control and management as well as optimal fitness performance. She's devoted to helping readers obtain their own personal best health and fitness and stays on top the latest trends in the industry.