If fitness is about anything, it’s about nutrition. All the training in the world won’t give you the results you’re looking for if you lead a poor nutritional lifestyle. Your muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and every other part of your body require fuel to grow, develop, repair, and improve. Many people focus on providing their bodies with a supply of sports nutrition before and after their training session. But if you’re looking for a performance lifestyle, you have to enhance your body composition by making excellent nutrition an integral part of who you are.
A performance lifestyle means being at optimal nutrition at all times. A performance lifestyle means providing your body with each and every nutrient needed to excel at all your fitness endeavours. A performance lifestyle means maintaining the thought process of an athlete.
Not everyone can be a professional athlete, but everyone can choose to be a fitness enthusiast living a performance lifestyle. Look around the gym at the dedicated people around you. We’re trades people, business people, doctors, lawyers, teachers; we’re people of all backgrounds and volitions who share a passion for fitness.
The thought process of an athlete can be the different between good fitness and fitness excellence. If an athlete wants to succeed they have to live a performance lifestyle. While an athlete will ensure their nutrient intake before and after workouts meets the energy and recovery requirements of their training session, optimal nutrition is a day-in, day-out constant focus. And if you want to live a performance lifestyle, you must do the same.
Athletes have to keep a list of performance markers on their minds at all times; energy needs, body composition, weight management, and fitness nutrition requirements for scheduled athletic events. Each of these considerations is important for anyone wanting to lead a performance lifestyle. It’s true that special attention is needed during training sessions. Addressing energy and nutrient requirements before, during, and following training is critical for maintaining body weight, replenishing glycogen stores, and enhancing performance through muscular development and repair.
That being said, your body doesn’t simply stop developing after the critical period following training. Just as fitness excellence is a continuous process of improvement, muscular development works for days following training. And to fuel the continuous process of improvement known as fitness excellence, a constant focus on optimal nutrition is a fundamental aspect of a performance lifestyle. It’s about optimal nutrition at all times. It’s about having the nutritional mentality of an athlete. It’s about making excellent nutrition an integral part of who you are. It’s about living a performance lifestyle.
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