Author: Lindsay Starling

The Science Behind Eating for Race Running

Eating the right foods at the right time is an essential science when it comes to race running, both before and during are key times to maximize on all the hard work you’ve put into training. 2 – 3 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT Carbohydrates are stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles, and are the body’s most easily accessible form of fuel. You want to make sure your glycogen stores are as full as possible at the start of the race to give your body ample fuel to use before having to refill. Think of it like getting...

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Buying Right: How to Read Nutritional Labels

Food labels can be very confusing and tricky to understand. We often don’t have time during our weekly grocery shop to work out what each item’s nutritional label is telling us. Knowing how to read a nutritional label is far more important than you give it credit for. This is a “how-to” in knowing what key things to look out for, as a means to assist you in making the best choice, and essentially making your shop for healthy food a whole lot easier. NUTRITIONAL CLAIMS: Source of fibre: means the food contains at least 2g of fiber per...

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The Essential Guide to Hydration

Water is the major constituent of the human body, with every major system influenced by fluid balance. Water is responsible for clearing toxins, carrying nutrients to organs and cells, lubricating joints and bones and regulating our body temperature. Adequate water intake is essential to assist your body systems in functioning optimally. Over the past 40 years, however, humans have been dangerously misled by sports drink companies to believe that we need to drink ahead of thirst to be optimally hydrated. In fact, excess water consumption can have some serious adverse effects on physical and mental functioning. So we need...

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What’s the Real Deal with Post-Exercise Stretching?

After an exercise session, the body undergoes two vital processes – it RECOVERS, and it REMODELS. What is the difference between these two processes and where does stretching have a place? We take a look at the science behind your bodies different processes, when these different processes should be employed, and who would benefit from them.  RECOVERY During exercise our muscles utilise fuel sources in the body to perform the work required. As a result of breaking these fuel sources up into usable chunks, waste products are produced and stored in the muscle cells. The physical work performed by...

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Maximise Your Post-Exercise Recovery

Recovery after exercise is essential for your muscles and tissues to repair the microtears they sustain during exercise and become stronger. Muscles need anywhere between 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild, but you can speed up this process by implementing these recovery strategies. 

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