How Should I Adapt My Menu for Sports?
By Ayelet Gur Arieh, Dietician, Department of Neurological Rehabilitation and Geriatric Rehabilitation at Sheba Medical Center
Did you recently ramp up your exercise routine? Did you add aerobics, start walking more, take on yoga or Pilates? No matter what moderate physical activity you’re doing, kudos to you on taking this step towards better health! Now, it’s also time to change what you eat to match an active lifestyle. Say goodbye to processed foods, and reach for nutritious whole foods instead. Your body needs nutrients for energy and to help build muscle. Choose vegetables, fruits and whole grains that offer complex carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
It’s important to note that if you’re doing more than moderate exercise and are engaged in high-intensity sports, such as long runs (over an hour), marathons and Iron Man competitions, you’ll need a customized meal plan from a dietician.