Athletes of all ages and all abilities strive to improve their performance in whatever sport or activity that they pursue. Improved sports performance is the goal of every professional or non-professional athlete. However, during the past few years, there have been numerous cases where professional athletes have been caught using performance enhancing drugs including steroids, human growth hormones and testosterone. The use of the drugs is not limited to only professional athletes, as many amateur athletes are using them as well. In most cases the use of these drugs is not only illegal, but they can actually be hazardous to the athlete’s health. Often they are taken by people looking for the easy way to improve their performance.
The greatest athletic gains are a result of proper nutrition, supplementation, rest and exercise. While everyone understands how to exercise, many athletes and non-athletes alike do not understand the importance of proper nutrition. A proper diet, that specifically outlines what is to be eaten daily, is required to properly feed the athlete’s body, which is like a furnace.
Also critical, to feeding that furnace, is the use of legal, non-toxic supplements, which are used to bridge any gaps in the overall nutrition plan. Often athletes over train and do not allow sufficient rest to allow their bodies to recover. In many cases athletes that over train see their performance stagnate or even go backwards, so rest and recovery are also critical. Finally, while all athletes exercise, often their training programs are not structured properly with enough variety, so any training program should be structured and have enough variety to keep the athlete’s body guessing what is next.
As a result of following this type of integrated program, athletic performance is enhanced, as well as recovery time. In addition, injuries are prevented and the overall health of the athlete improves. All of it is done in a natural and healthy manner!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Bradley Bongiovanni, Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta
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