As well as regular exercise it is important to eat/drink healthily. this means having a balanced diet and not indulging in too many unhealthy treats. Also the recommended daily calorie intake is 2500 for men and 2000 for women. everyone should also be aiming to drink at least 2 litres of plain water every day.
Protein is very important after exercise as it helps repair the muscles back to their original state and also helps to improve muscle building. It does this by repairing the muscle to a stronger state. high protein foods include Fish, Red meat, Chicken.
Carbohydrates are nutrients that should not be over eaten however, they should also not be forgotten about because they provide the body with energy and so they are good to be eaten/drank the night before or the morning before exercise. Healthier Carbohydrates are found in many foods including Brown Pasta, Brown Rice, Brown Bread, New Potatoes.
Fats are thought to be 100% bad by many people but this is not strictly true. they come in two categories: saturated and unsaturated. saturated fats are bad for you and can cause heart disease and high cholesterol. this is found in many unhealthy foods such as processed food and sweets but also in every day foods such as milk and cheese. unsaturated fat can be good for the heart and is found in things like olives and nuts.
Fiber is something that many people take for granted and don't really concentrate on in their diet. The NHS say that you should be aiming for around 30g of Fiber per day but the average person gets only around 18g. Eating the correct amount of fiber can have benefits to your heart, diabetes and also the digestive system. High fiber foods are fruit and vegetables.
Water is very important as you would expect. you should aim to have at least 2 litres per day and that doesn't include drinks like tea, coffe and fizzy drinks. lack of water can cause dehydration, headaches and can also lead to a lack of concentration.
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