Runners Guide to Nutrition: 5 Tips

Updated: Jul 29

Table of Contents:

5 Tips About Nutrition

5 Tips About Hydration

5 Tips About Electrolytes

5 Tips About Running Gels

5 Tips About Sports Drink

Proper Nutrition for Athletes: 5 Simple Tips

Have you ever uttered the phrase “I am running on empty”? Basically, what you are saying is that you are worn out or lack motivation. If you are not fueling properly, it can be quite true. Knowing your needs is crucial to training and racing success.

Why is Nutrition Important for Athletes?

There are several factors that impact our bodies, especially weight loss. There is more to it than calories in and calories out. Eating as little as possible and restricting calories causes our bodies to go into survival mode.

Am I Eating Enough?

So how do you know if you’re eating enough for your activity level? Here are 5 things to look for that should give you a better idea that your caloric intake might need to be higher.

How to Eat More Calories?

So What Steps Can You Take To Fuel Up The Tank?

Some simple suggestions that you can implement right away.

  • Add more fiber to your diet

  • Consume more fruits and vegetables

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Consider a whole food multivitamin (consult your doctor or nutritionist first)

Most importantly, listen to your body. Take a daily inventory of how you are feeling before during and after training. Are you fatigued? Are you gaining or losing weight? Have you hit a wall in your training? Hunger pains? Don’t ignore these signs as your body will certainly give you clues to what it needs.

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