Summer workouts demand attention to a few key areas of your nutrition. Check out these nutrition tips to boost your performance and recover optimally.
Whether you are an, Olympian, a professional athlete or someone who is taking their sport training up a notch or two, summer workouts demand attention to a few key areas of your nutrition so that you not only get the most out of your performance, but also recover optimally.
Workout Nutrition Tips For A Healthy Summer
1. Stay Well-Hydrated
Heat means sweating, and this translates to water and electrolyte loss that can leave the athlete feeling weaker and recovering less well.
While regular water intake is critical, the body needs potassium to bring water inside of the cells.
Potassium-rich foods include coconut water, bananas, potatoes, and avocado. So, make sure to add these foods in daily to improve overall hydration.
Consider a pre-workout or post-workout smoothie with organic coconut water, organic hemp protein powder, half frozen banana, and two tablespoons of peanut butter blended together for a hydration helper, a few hours before a workout or for a post workout hydration recovery tool.
2. Seek Strategic Stress Solutions
Physical activity actually produces more stress in the body – what?! Yeah, but heck yeah, it is great stress for you!
Make sure to combat that stress with foods that are rich in magnesium and are effective muscle relaxants like – hemp hearts, cacao, and organic whole grain cereals.
Combine them all (use a high fiber organic cereal) into a trail mix (great for a hike or beach activities!) or make a delicious hot cereal mixture with oatmeal and add cashew butter.
After your workout, soak in a bath or apply a cream to alleviate aches and muscle tension (you can do both, like me!) or enjoy a mocktail.
3. Reduce Inappropriate Inflammation
Intense activity also produces inflammation within the body – again that does not mean intensity is bad for you, au contraire, it just means it needs to be addressed.
Especially in the summer, we want to turn down the heat, the internal heat that is going on inside our bodies. Choosing plant proteins, like hemp, quinoa, and nuts are great ways to reduce inflammation as is adding ginger and turmeric to your cooking.
Ginger goes great in hemp pro smoothies and turmeric is great added to a vegetable stir fry with hemp hearts.
4. Detox Deliciously!
Do not forget that the byproducts of stress and inflammation need to be identified and removed from the body. Thank goodness you have a powerhouse detox system inside of you just waiting to go to work.
Fuel it better with a variety of nutrients. Think a rainbow of colors, especially organic fruits and vegetables pre and post workout – especially focusing on core detox agents like glucoraphanin (go for broccoli based recipes!).
So get out there and work your body, relax your mind, and enjoy the summer heat and longer days. Just make sure to hone your nutrition to support you so that you have your best summer performances yet.