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Saturday
Aug112012

Performance Enhancement Part 2: Essentials of Repair and Recovery

Written By Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition and Weight Management

In Part 1, we discussed the importance of optimizing micronutrient (vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient) intake. Often, active individuals become fixated on optimizing carbohydrate, protein and fat intake, but neglect the importance of vitamins and minerals in a healthy metabolism. Remember, you can only progress with your performance goals if you have a healthy, functioning metabolism. These nutrients are essential because without them, your body cannot thrive. If you haven’t yet made the first two performance principles a priority, stop and focus on them before moving on.

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Saturday
Aug042012

Performance Enhancement Part 1: Maximize Micronutrients

Sports nutrition is a huge business, which suggests that many people are drawn to the idea of using nutritional supplements or dietary modifications to enhance performance. Many of those drawn to the topic of performance nutrition are “weekend warriors” or “citizen athletes.” Each year when the Minneapolis Life Time Triathlon comes around, I’m approached by people inquiring about their pre-event nutrition plan in hopes that it will affect the outcome of their race. I always inform them that their plan for the morning before an event, or even the days leading up to it, should be based on the plan they’ve been following in the weeks and months prior. Trying something different the morning before such an event is a major gamble. This then leads to the larger question of “What does performance nutrition look like for a weekend warrior?”

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