Foods That Are Bad for Athletes (Part II)

Trail Mix

You’ll run into a lot of issues with snacks known as healthy. They’re not really healthy. Trail mix may be a simple snack to keep with you. But, that fiber-filled snack you think you’re having is really just a huge bucket of candy. Do yogurt-covered nuts, M&Ms look like fuel for an athlete? Sorry, but we don’t either. Skip the pre-packaged stuff and make your own trail mix with nuts, raisins, and seeds.

Pretzels

Pretzels appear wholesome. But, they don’t have healthy fiber and fat so you can go through half a bag and still be hungry. 10 little pretzels have over 250 calories and plenty of salt. Lose the empty calories and snack on healthy, nutrient-filled veggies an fruits instead.

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt is a better alternative to ice cream. Plenty are fat free, but high in sugar. So, enjoy in moderation. While a lot of frozen yogurt is nonfat or very low in fat, the calories still increases. Most nonfat plain frozen yogurt is around 35 calories per ounce with about 20g of sugar. Translating, a 16-ounce cup is around 380 in calories and 76g of sugar and that’s not including the toppings.

Sugary Cereal

Artificial sugar is a no no. But eating too much of the real thing is just as bad. While on the go folks can eat more in calories than the average joe, it doesn’t mean they’re wolfing down sugary foods on a regular basis. No athlete rises to the top of his/her game and stays there by beginning the day with a huge bowl of marshmallows and sugary cereal. Too much sugar also makes a spike in insulin, making your body store more fat. Instead, try a bowl of oatmeal or whole grain cereal topped with fresh fruit for some added flavor.

Foods That Are Bad for Athletes (Part I)

Top athletes know that nutrition is gold when it comes to having an edge over their competitors. Nonetheless, regardless what your objective is, having a six-pack, improve your stamina, the way to being successful is what goes in your mouth.

An athlete’s diet is about more than just intaking calories and burning them. It’s about fuel. The appropriate foods enhance your energy, encourages muscle growth, and helps repair muscles.

The wrong ones hamper you. When it comes to eating, these are the foods a real athlete won’t touch.

Diet Soda

Athletes consider each meal a chance to refuel. How much protein can I get out of this meal? How do I add more good fats? It’s what pushes performance. Nutritionally empty foods such as artificial sweeteners have no place in their diet. Not only do they give no health benefits, but eating or drinking artificially sweetened foods such as diet soda considerably increase your risk for health issues and weight gain. Artificial sweeteners deceive the body into thinking you’re eating real food. Since they’re more than 100 times sweeter than the real thing, your body begins creating insulin, the hormone that stores fat.

Canned Soup

Canned soup is convenient. However, most of the time it’s no better for you than other highly processed snacks. The long shelf life should be your first hint. Some soups are so processed and high in sodium that it reduces any health benefits. Low-sodium or homemade soup is better.

Rice Cakes

Rice cakes have long held a reputation as healthy. But, this diet snack is empty when it comes to nutrition. Yes, they do have a low-calorie count, but athletes need calories to sustain their energy level. Also, rice cakes will have your blood sugar spiking. Their glycerin level is 91 pretty high for a healthy snack choice.

The Dangers of Extreme Sports

Extreme sports professionals make it look simple, but the reality is that it isn’t. In fact, extreme sports necessitate an extreme degree of precision and coordination that coincides on a need for perfection. In very few sports is one’s sense of timing imperative to not only winning, but also to stopping serious, life-threatening casualties. Extreme sports are called such for very important reasons.

For fans of extreme sports, like skateboarding and ice climbing, the littlest mistake or a sudden burst of muscle spasms during competition can do more than just make someone lose the game. Not remembering to take a muscle relaxant at the right time or losing your timing to make that vital grab could lead to a serious or fatal accident.

All the dangers involved in participating in extreme sports make it even more unbelievable when those like Tony Hawk and Fabiola da Silva make it look so easy when they do what they do in their respective extreme sports. The tiniest mistiming in getting one’s body back in proper landing position could cause broken limbs or worse. Muscle spasms can be an issue for any sport. For sports that involve amazing bouts of physical coordination and strength, such as ice climbing, any type of muscle issue at the wrong time can cause a drop from a high height.

The many physical hazards in extreme sports necessitates the same degree of devoted practice and muscle training as various other sports, if not more. Nonetheless, the mental conditioning is also a vital part of effectively training an individual in extreme sports.

Even if it doesn’t seem like it, focus plays a huge part in extreme sports. The mind can’t be distracted with nausea and migraine headaches when you are many feet from the ground and you’re trying to think how many times you can spin your body before you get back into landing position.