Balanced Diet For Sports Person

Submitted by Kevin Pederson on July 31, 2012

Both diet and exercise plans are an integral part of a sportsman's life. Even a sportsman needs to consume some amount of fats because one can derive almost twenty five percent of the body's energy from fats. Loss of fluid is another factor that occurs at a high rate in most sports related activities.


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This can lead to dehydration. So it is suggested to that you should drink water during and after any sporting event. Also include salt in this drink to make up for the vital salts that are lost through sweat.

Or you can opt for a pre-formulated sports drink which will help to replenish all the lost salts and fluids.

A balanced diet is extremely important if you are involved in sports. A diet should have foods which consist of protein, minerals, complex carbohydrates, and minerals. A sportsman should not fast as it can affect his performance due to a lack of energy. If a sportsman experiences any pain in the abdomen, then a meal with high fiber should be consumed before the exercise or sports, so that the pain does not transpire again.

An exercise plan for sportsmen should include elements of each of the following types of exercises:

  • Cardiovascular exercises: Cardio exercises such as jogging, running, swimming, and cycling are very important as they help to build up your stamina and endurance. Cardio exercises should be performed at least three days of the week
  • Weight training: Training with weights helps to build up your strength. Weight training will increase your muscle mass and help you to perform better in the sports field. You should choose compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and bench presses. Weight training should be performed at least twice a week on non-consecutive days
  • Yoga: While yoga may seem like a somewhat offbeat choice of exercise for a sportsman, the truth is that it is the most important of these three forms of exercise. Practicing yoga on a regular basis makes your body flexible. It also improves your overall health and increases your mental concentration, on and off the playing field. Practicing yoga every day will also help your body recover faster from the ravages of any sport
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