Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand, so make sure you have your sports nutrition facts right. These articles will give you the sports nutrition education you need. Learn about muscle recovery, proper hydration, and the latest sports supplements the experts are suggesting… To browse our library of free sports training articles, browse using the categories on the left or use the search box.
Bone-strengthening: The remarkable soya bean can help guard against osteoporosis, and that's only the beginning.
Cyclists nutrition: What's the best nutrition strategy for professional cyclists?
Nutrition: What you eat can play a significant part in preventing or healing a sports injury.
Fluid Replacement: How what you drink when exercising (and after) affects how much you drink.
Increasing numbers of athletes are using Coca-Cola to fuel their exercise and are reporting that 'it works'
Vegetarian Athletes: If you're a vegetarian athlete, here's how to ensure you have a balanced diet.
This new study shows that extra carbohydrate can boost performance in elite team-sport athletes as well.
Beans: Here's the full lowdown on eating beans, including how to get rid of the lowdown
Female athletes are sometimes told to eat red meat to lower their risk of iron problems, but is that really necessary? Can't they obtain enough iron from other foods, including poultry, fish, deep-green leafy vegetables, enriched breads and cereals, and legumes?
You may have iron in your soul, but have you enough in your body?
Eating an amino acid mixture may really be worthwhile-as long as you do it at the right time.
To be healthy, should you really shun fat, avoid booze, and eschew red meat? Here's a state-of-the art guide through the dietary jungle.
As you get older, there will be some changes in how your body processes nutrients, and your need for particular nutrients may alter.
If you suspect your immune system is getting flabby, toughen it up with nutrients.
Eating in a way that keeps your body primed for peak fitness can also reduce your risk of injury. Firstly, eating foods that will help to fend off fatigue will minimise injuries arising from tiredness and weakness. Secondly, some of the metabolic processes which can lead to muscle soreness and damage can be counteracted to a degree by dietary factors.
Whatever your sport, nutrition should be an integral part of your training and competition strategy. Although the emphasis will vary according to the activity you're involved in, there is a consensus among sports scientists on guidelines that athletes should be aiming for.
Metabolising Gluttony: A prolonged workout beforehand can help to metabolise the occasional gluttony
Pre-race: You've just woken up on the morning of a 10-K race, it's only an hour or so before it begins, and you're hungry as hell - but you're concerned that taking in food might hurt your performance. Should you avoid food altogether, simply sip some tea with sugar, or try to take in a bit of solid food, such as an easily digestible banana?
Omega-3 And Performance: What about fat type and performance? If you're already involved in regular training, the effects of omega-3 fats may not be so direct and immediate that ingesting increased quantities of them for six weeks would improve your race times or lift your VO2max.. However, it's obvious that the less depressed you are, the higher will be your motivation and drive to succeed as an athlete, so inclusion of omega-3 fats in your diet may be favourable to performance from a mental standpoint.
Sports nutrition: fat is necessary to absorb key vitamins and assists carbohydrate in providing you with energy
It is essential you include fat in your diet
The Protein Puzzle: The all-pervading folklore in strength sports is that you need to pack in the protein. Up to 4g of protein per kg of body weight per day (contrast this with the standard Recommended Daily Allowance of 0.8g/kg) has been recommended - most notably by Eastern bloc coaches and nutritionists. There is evidence that athletes involved in resistance training have a heightened protein requirement. But 4g/kg seems to be way over the top.
Juice Plus Research: This new research shows that Juice Plus will really get your anti-oxidants buzzing.
Diet and nutrition for football players: How soccer players can overcome the second-half slump.
Nutritional needs: what athletes and coaches don't know
Pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine: ephedrine decongestants are not ergogenic
Vitamin C: post-exercise Vitamin C does not aid recovery from delayed-onset muscle soreness
Rehydration and fluid balance: are athletes in danger of going too far?