SUMMER ACTIVITIES, SPORTS & FITNESS
CAN CAUSE ACHES, PAINS AND STRESS ON THE BODY
Support for Your Body Naturally…
The hot summer months get us energized and take us outdoors doing all sorts of sports and fun activities, bringing with it an increased risk of injury and physical stress to the body. Acute injuries are usually very obvious, as they often occur in a very dramatic fashion. However, other injuries can creep up slowly and get progressively worse. These often turn into nagging chronic aches and pains. Most joint and soft tissue injuries have some common warning signs and symptoms; pain being the number one warning sign. Don’t ignore it. Pain is a communication. If we pay attention to the warnings signs and symptoms of both types of injuries, we can often get to the root of the problem. It’s important to start off on the “right foot” to promote health and strength in the body, and possibly prevent sports injuries.
Eating Right is a Good Start
There is no doubt that the type, amount, composition, and timing of the food you eat can dramatically affect exercise performance, recovery from exercise, body weight and composition and health. When exercise increases to more than one hour per day, the importance of the food you eat becomes even more critical. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats are important nutrients for active individuals. A balanced diet of protein, healthy fats, fresh fruits and vegetables plays a vital role in providing adequate essential nutrients and energy for a healthy active lifestyle.
As stated in the 2000 Position Statement on Nutrition and Athletic Performance, published by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), any active individual “who wants to optimize health and exercise performance needs to follow good nutrition and hydration practices, use supplements and ergogenic aids carefully, minimize severe weight loss practices, and eat a variety of foods in adequate amounts” (ADA, 2000).