7 Nutrition Tips to increase your performance
Have the commonwealth games inspired you to dust off your running shoes or pull out the bicycle that’s been in the garage all winter? Maybe you’re already in a good routine and get to the gym each week yet struggle to shift those stubborn last few pounds.
Well look no further, we spoke to Rachel Clement, our Nutritionist and Spa Membership Manager at Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa to find out her 7 top tips to help you increase the effectiveness of your current routine.
1. Increase your vegetable intake
There’s a reason why Popeye ate his spinach...because vegetables are a great source of fibre, water and nutrients, all essential to the body for optimal performance and recovery. Salads are no longer the limp lettuce of times past; with the rise in awareness of healthy eating Chef’s these days are creating exceptional dishes from vegetables that are sure to make your mouth water, just check out our Themis salad bar!
2. Stay hydrated
Drinking water is not only essential for proper brain function but also to maintain your body’s temperature control, increase energy levels, increase satiety and boost metabolic effect.
3. Reduce refined sugar
I’m not just talking about the teaspoon in your cup of tea, the amount of hidden sugars in packaged foods is actually quite frightening. With sugar being linked to many lifestyle conditions such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes you really should be checking the packaging of all foods for added sugars.
4. Maintain your protein intake
Protein is the essential building block of muscle, whether you’re looking to get stronger, increase power or loose weight, protein should be included in your diet to help the body repair, grow and function properly.
5. Plan your fuel
How many times have you intended to get to the gym but just don’t have the energy or are too hungry. Aligning your food to ensure you have sufficient energy for a great session and promoting recovery with what you eat afterwards is essential to get the best out of the workout.
6. Carbs are not the enemy
Pre workout carbohydrates help you sustain performance whilst post workout they are essential for repair and refuelling the muscles. Why not try the breakfast of champions... porridge with a drizzle of Pennyhill Park honey!
7. Variety really is the spice of life
Keep your meals varied and interesting to keep you on track, if your diet is boring you’re unlikely to stick to it.