Sports Training & Nutrition Resources (12)

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Sports Nutrition Guide by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation
If you want to have a strong and healthy athletic performance, you should go beyond the hard work of training and practice. You should also have proper nutrition. In this article by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), you will understand the importance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, fats, and water to your body. To attain maximize athletic performance; your calorie intake should be sufficient. And because not all bodies are the same, there are really no general rules on what to eat before and after a workout. However, the PAMF has some recommendations. You can also read some tips about health supplements and how to maintaining your athletic figure.

Golf Psychology Tips from Jon Adler
Jon Adler is a business coach turned golf coach. He started his golf coaching career in 2001, after he realized that golf is a game that entails a change in mental approach. In this article, Adler shares some insights on the psychology of golf. Playing golf can cause two extreme emotions. You would feel like you are on top of the world when your shots are powerful and when your putts roll to a good length. But you could also feel frustrated and miserable when the opposite happens. Adler explains that golfers can go from the positive end of the spectrum to the other because of self-doubt and anxiety. Once you know how to trust yourself, you will always perform at your best.

The Science Behind Bonking
This article in Runner's World explains the science of bonking during a triathlon race, or any high-endurance sport. It states that proteins, fats, and carbohydrates must be ingested to avoid bonking. Eating cinnabons, for example as it cites, is like plutonium on the body. Some carbs provoke bigger spikes,and more fat-packing, than others--they have what's known as a high-glycemic index. No matter where the extra calories come from, the average person totes enough fat to fuel a month's running at a pace slow enough for the oxygen necessary to burn it near-exclusively. It says to avoid "pasta parties," and to use proper timing when eating, always mixing protein and carbs.

Healthy Eating Tips on HHS.gov
The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition offers you some tips on how to eat healthy. First, there are eight recommended healthy eating goals. This includes making your plate half-filled with fruits and vegetables, switching to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk, eating low-sodium foods, and drinking of water instead of sugary drinks. There are also tips on how to put emphasis on fruits and vegetables, how to prepare healthy snacks especially for children, and different ways to reduce fat, salt, and sugar on foods. The article also has healthy tips from council members, suggestions on how to balance calories, and strong recommendations on the safer way on how to prepare and cook food.

The Four Pillars of a Fit Mind: Mental Golf Tips
If you are a golf player, you know that the game needs mental fitness that allows for concentration and strategic thinking. This article offers mental golf tips you can follow, based on the book Zen Golf by Joseph Parent. This article states that the fit and muscular mind has four pillars: strength, flexibility, balance, and stamina. The first pillar refers to mental toughness, and the ability to stand up to pressure. The second pillar means thinking creatively. The third involves staying and focusing in the moment, and the fourth refers to conserving mental energy. By enhancing these four pillars, you can stay on top of your game.

Sports Psychology & Performance Enhancement
The aim of sports psychology is to improve athletesí attitudes and mental skills in order to help them perform better. In this article, mental game coach and golf expert Dr. Patrick J. Cohn what the specific benefits of sports psychology are to athletes. These benefits include improved focus, increased confidence, fully developed coping skills, better team communication skills, improved motivation, and the ability to pick oneself up after an injury, among others. Dr. Cohn also offers the insight that sports psychology is not necessarily for anybody who plays a sport; as only athletes who are highly committed to excel will benefit from it.

Sports Nutrition for Optimal Performance
As an athlete, it's good to learn about food basics, since food is the fuel that helps you succeed. For the recreational or competitive athlete, the body must be fueled optimally to exercise effectively. To maintain or improve strength, speed and stamina, you have to eat adequate amounts of protein, carbohydrate and fat. This article teaches athletes food group basics, and gives them valuable sports nutrition information for how much protein to eat depending on the workout.

 

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