posted Nov 14, 2020
by Mohit Pabbi
Do you enjoy and active life? Are you a keen athlete or sportsperson who exercises regularly? Being side-lined by injury can be a frustrating experience. Stress fractures, muscle strains and pulls are par for the course if you push your body to the limits. You can reduce the risk of injury and speed up recovery if you do get hurt by ensuring that you get the right nutrition. At The Sweat Coach we are very aware of the need for proper nutrition when exercising.
It is always best to avoid something in the first place rather than trying to fix it after the event. That philosophy definitely applies to sports injuries. The RunnersConnect website has an excellent article on this written by Coach Jeff. He summarises the two main causes of injury in runners as being some form of structural imbalance. A leg being shorter than the other is a good example or a major weakness in one muscle group. The other cause of injury is when the body isn't ready to perform at the level that the runner feels that he can. Essentially, the muscles and organs may be able to run at a certain pace. The structure of the body though is not ready yet. An example given is shin splints where a runner feels that he can keep on running further and faster. He is not getting out of breath anymore. However, his shins are not ready yet for the extra pounding they are getting on these longer and faster runs. Painful shin splints are the outcome.
A diet for injury prevention should include low fat proteins - the basic construction material for muscle. Fruits and vegetables are also important to provide fibre, vitamins and other nutrients. The final key element is water - hydration is key to so many of the body's processes. Calcium is important too. It makes for stronger bones and the athlete will need lots of outdoor work to boost the Vitamin D that is needed to utilise the Calcium.
Avoiding injury isn't all about diet though. Wearing the right clothing, particularly footwear. Increasing the intensity of exercise over a period of time. Having adequate rest breaks from exercise to allow your body to recover. Stretching before and after a workout. Breathing using the diaphragm to maximise the oxygen available for recovery. These all add up to a package of measures that will reduce the risk of serious injury. The great thing about having a fitness coach at a local gym is that they can guide you through this process. They will help you with your diet. They will make sure you take the physical measures to stay healthy as well.
Recovering from injury
Very few sportspeople can claim to have never had an injury of some sort. It goes with the territory. Hopefully, by following a few simple rules, you will be back on the track in no time at all.
One of the first things to do when you get injured is to rethink your calorie intake. You will not be burning up the energy for a while so cut back on your carbohydrates. Concentrate on foods that will keep your body fat low and focus on the nutrients that will help you recover quickly. Healthline.com suggests:
Conclusion - avoiding injury or recovering from injury
If you want to find personal trainers in Surrey and you live in Guildford, Woking, Epsom and Ewell, Farnham, Haslemere, Dorking or Reigate and Redhill, get yourself down to the best gyms in the area - The Sweat Coach Ltd. You will find personal trainers who can help you with your diet as well as your exercise plan and your pre and post workout routines.