Top Ten Nutrition Tips For Kids Playing Sports
- Make sure your child drinks enough fluids
- Practice supplement safety
- Optimize muscle recovery
- Remember pre-exercise meals
- Target carbohydrates for energy
- Protein’s the building block
- Don’t forget some fat
- Keep kids’ fuel tanks filled
- Variety is the spice of life
- Get your kids energized!
Children have special fluid needs. Compared to adults, kids are more likely to suffer a heat illness when exercising in the heat.
The FDA does not regulate dietary supplements. There is thus no guarantee of purity, safety or effectiveness.
Help young muscles recover fast – have children eat and/or drink a high protein snack within 30 minutes after exercise
A pre-exercise meal is important to prevent hunger and to supply energy to athletes’ working muscles.
Carbohydrates are the main energy source for exercise and the major fuel for the brain.
Protein plays a role in building muscle, fighting infection, and provides signals and controls for tissue growth and maintenance.
A high-fat diet is not healthy – but neither is a zero-fat diet.
In addition to healthy meals, provide healthy snacks before and after exercise.
A healthy lifestyle is all about making choices.
Meet active kids’ energy needs through foods and fluids.
Optimizing Your Recovery Routine
Recovery is an essential part of any performance-focused fitness routine – so important that many athletes treat it as part of the workout itself. Your goal during recovery is to help your body heal and regroup. It’s not the workout alone, but the body’s adaptive response to it, that increases endurance, strength, and builds muscle…The full article can be found here.