Most athletes know they need protein for recovery, but there's a lot of conflicting information floating around the interwebs as to exactly how much we need to recover from workouts, get stronger, and perform optimally. Thankfully we have Amity Warme to help cut through the cloud of misinformation with the following simple and straightforward evidence-based recommendations.
Protein is one of the most misunderstood and underestimated parts of the diet. Jen Kates breaks it down to show why it's important and how much you need -- regardless of whether your a desk jockey, weekend warrior, or elite endurance athlete.
I can recall hearing about fasting almost as far back as I can remember, but until recently I was skeptical there was a place for it amongst endurance athletes. You see, I was always that type who would wake up ravenous. If I didn't eat within 30 minutes of getting out of bed my thoughts would be solely focussed on finding food as quickly as possible. I would also experience a similar scenario if I went more than a few hours during the day since my previous meal. For someone who loves food, this was great from the standpoint that I'd get to eat again, but also made me feel like a slave to eating. "Hangry" was an all-to-common state for me.
by Brittany Warly I remember the days of feeling congested, drowsy and low energy, dragging just to get through the day. I used to struggle during the hard workouts especially, coughing up mucus, suffering from bronchospasms, in which I would then go into a panic unable to breathe. My skin was all puffy, covered in cystic acne on my jawline, shoulders, and back. I tried topical treatments as well as medications I needed to ingest, and the acne didn’t go away. I felt irritable and my stomach felt heavy and bloated much of the time, making it uncomfortable on long runs especially. I probably had five or six sinus infections per year, which would wipe me out for a couple...
Winter is here, which means that many of you include a winter strength training program to supplement your endurance training in the off-season. You may be lifting more (and heavier) weights, spending more time in the saddle indoors on your trainer, trail running in snow, or participating in a variety of other snow sports. No matter what training you do in your off-season, you need to make sure you optimize your recovery.